Arkansas Falls at #18 Ole Miss
Keyshawn Embery-Simpson (16 points) and Gabe Osabuohien (13 points) each scored career highs but it wasn’t enough as #18 Ole Miss claimed an 84-67 victory Saturday afternoon at the Pavilion.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Breein Tyree scored 22 points, Terence Davis added 18 and No. 18 Mississippi never trailed in an 84-67 victory over Arkansas on Saturday.
Ole Miss (14-3, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) pushed out to an 11-point lead by halftime and had a comfortable advantage through most of the second half. The Rebels had a 40-31 rebounding edge and helped force 17 Arkansas turnovers.
Ole Miss has won 11 out of its past 12 games. Arkansas (10-7, 1-4) has lost four straight games since winning its conference opener. The Razorbacks were led by Keyshawn Embery-Simpson, who scored 16 points.
Ole Miss was in control from the opening tip, jumping out to an 11-2 lead in the opening minutes. The Rebels got some unexpected early production from Dominik Olejniczak, who poured in 13 points on 5 of 5 shooting from the field before the break.
Terence Davis made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Rebels a 46-35 halftime advantage.
Arkansas returns to Bud Walton Arena to host Missouri on Wednesday (Jan. 23). Tip-off set for 8 pm on the SEC Network.
- Arkansas’ starters were Isaiah Joe (G) – Jalen Harris (G) – Mason Jones (G) – Daniel Gafford (F) – Reggie Chaney (F). This second time Arkansas has used this starting lineup. Arkansas also used this lineup in a win over Texas State.
- Today was the 80th meeting between Arkansas and Ole Miss. Arkansas leads the all-time series 47-33. However, Ole Miss leads 20-8 in games played in Oxford and 27-25 in games since Arkansas joined the SEC in 1991-92.
- Ole Miss controlled the tip. Dominik Olejniczak scored the first points of the game, an old fashion 3-point play at 19:20. Daniel Gafford scored Arkansas’ first points on two free throws at 17:04.
- Gabe Osabuohien scored seven first-half points and finished with a career-high 13 points. His previous career high was six points.
- Keyshawn Embery-Simpson scored a career-high 16 points, including 12 in the second half. His previous high was 14 points, which he accomplished at Colorado State and versus Austin Peay.
- Reggie Chaney had his streak of consecutive games with a blocked shot snapped at 15 games.
- Daniel Gafford just missed his eighth double-double of the season, finishing with nine points and 10 rebounds – all on the defensive end. Gafford is the SEC leader in defensive rebounds (6.5).