OXFORD, MS (WLBT) - In front of a rowdy crowd at The Pavilion, senior Terence Davis scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Ole Miss men’s basketball team to an 82-67 victory over No. 10 Auburn on Wednesday night. The Rebels (12-2, 2-0 SEC) controlled the game from the tip, leading throughout to secure their ninth straight win and earn a signature victory in the first SEC home game under head coach Kermit Davis.
The win gave Ole Miss its longest winning streak since the 2012-13 campaign, and the Rebels improved to 2-0 in SEC play for just the fourth time in the last two decades. It was also Ole Miss' first victory over a top 10 team in six years.
Terence Davis’ double-double led the way, while freshman KJ Buffen added a career-high 16 points off the bench. Devontae Shuler reached double figures as well, tallying 14 points. Junior center Dominik Olejniczak recorded season highs in points (11) and rebounds (7), helping Ole Miss hold a 45-37 advantage on the boards. The Rebels also dominated the paint by outscoring the Tigers (11-3, 0-1 SEC) 30-12 in that area. Auburn, led by 23 points from Bryce Brown, fell in love with the three-ball. The Tigers attempted 39 from long range and made 14 for a 35.9 percent clip. Brown took 19 attempts from three alone to set a new Pavilion record. Ole Miss held the No. 10 team in the country to 22 of 67 (32.8 percent) shooting from the floor, while converting 27 of 37 (73.0 percent) from the free throw line. Ole Miss got off to a 5-0 start, getting the crowd in the game right from the tip.
Blake Hinson drilled a three from the wing, and Shuler shook his defender to find space for a jumper. The lead increased to six before back-to-back Auburn threes squared the game at 9-9, which would be the only time the game would be tied. Coming out of the timeout, a pair of Rebels checked into the game and immediately got in the scorebook.
Bruce Stevens and Buffen used their strength to find the bucket down low to give the Rebels a 13-9 advantage. Ahead by one, the Rebels went on a 10-0 run to push the lead to double digits.
Terence Davis started the spurt with consecutive threes. After a huge Stevens block at the rim, Davis glided to the hoop for a thunderous dunk that sent the Ole Miss student section into a frenzy. Hinson added a basket down low, and just like that, the Rebels were out in front 25-14 with 6:54 left in the first half. Holding Auburn without a field goal for the final 3:15 of the half, Ole Miss used a 12-2 run to take a 42-29 lead into the locker room.
Terence Davis led the way with 17 points and seven rebounds in the opening 20 minutes. The Rebels dominated the glass and the paint with a 25-14 advantage on the boards. Ole Miss outscored Auburn 18-4 in the paint, but the Tigers found success from beyond the arc. Seven of Auburn’s nine first half field goals were from long range.
The Tigers came out strong to start the second half, scoring the first seven points to make it a six-point game and causing Kermit Davis to call timeout. Later on, Auburn cut the margin to two before Shuler scored five consecutive points to give the Rebels a little more breathing room. With the Rebels up 63-60, a 9-0 run pushed the game back to double figures for the remainder of the matchup. Ole Miss locked down on defense, going to a 2-3 zone and allowing only three buckets over the final seven minutes of the game. Auburn was forced to put the Rebels on the line, and the home team put the icing on the cake of its ninth straight victory.
The Rebels continue the SEC gauntlet by facing another ranked team. Ole Miss heads to Starkville to battle No. 14 Mississippi State for a Saturday afternoon matchup. The rivalry will tip off at 12 p.m. CT on CBS and can be heard on the airwaves of the Ole Miss IMG Sports Network.