By Adam Brown
The Ole Miss Rebels basketball team answered the bell of adversity against the No. 14 Mississippi State Bulldogs in an 81-77 victory Saturday afternoon.
Ole Miss (13-2, 3-0) was led in scoring by Blake Hinson with a career-high of 26 points in a hostile environment inside Humphrey Coliseum.
A total of four Rebels added double-digital scores in the game. Breein Tyree had 19 points after going down with an injury early in the contest. Terence Davis and Devontae Shuler add 12 and 10 points each, respectfully.
The Bulldogs were led on the day by Quinndary Weatherspoon with 18 points in the game.
At the half, Mississippi State had a 41-39 advantage over OIe Miss; however, the Rebels used a strong defense in the second half to make a run of their own to climb back into it.
The game was tied at 60-60 before D.C. Davis drove the lane to give the Rebels the lead back. Working down low, Olejniczak found an open Tyree for a corner three to increase the margin to five. Ole Miss held its biggest lead of the game when Hinson’s corner three was nothing but nylon, making it 72-64 Rebels with 5:18 left in the game.
MSU fought back, and a Nick Weatherspoon’s three-pointer tied the game at 77-77 with 1:12 to go.
Tyree would answer with a bucket to extend the Rebels’ lead and then would close the game out at the charity strip.
Ole Miss returns to action on Tuesday as they host the LSU Tigers. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. on the SEC Network.