Ole Miss beats Middle Tennessee 74-56 in Davis’ return

Kermit Davis coached Middle Tennessee for 16 seasons

Ole Miss beats Middle Tennessee 74-56 in Davis’ return
Ole Miss' head coach Kermit Davis talks with Ole Miss' guard Terence Davis (3) on the sidelines during the game against MTSU on Friday Dec. 21, 2018, at Bridgestone Arena. Source: Helen Comer/Murfreesboro Daily News Journal

NASHVILLE, TN (AP) - Breein Tyree made four 3-pointers and scored 24 points, and Mississippi coach Kermit Davis earned a 74-56 win over Middle Tennessee in his first game against his former team Friday night.

Davis went a program-best 332-188 in his 16 seasons with the Blue Raiders, leading them to three NCAA Tournaments and six regular-season or postseason conference titles.

Ole Miss (9-2) has won six straight games while Middle Tennessee (3-9) has lost eight in a row.

Bruce Stevens added 12 points for the Rebels (9-2). Dominik Olejniczak, a 7-foot center from Poland, chipped in 10 points.

Antonio Green led Middle Tennessee (3-9) with 22 points, including five 3-pointers. Reggie Scurry added 13 points and Jayce Johnson had 12. The Blue Raiders hit just 19 of 56 shots from the floor for a 34 percent clip.

Middle Tennessee had won six of the previous seven against Ole Miss.


Ole Miss: The Rebels continued their hot streak, relying on Tyree's outside shooting.

Middle Tennessee: The slumping Blue Raiders hung with the Rebels during most of the first half until their offense faded away under first-year coach Nick McDevitt.


Middle Tennessee: Visits Rhode Island on Dec. 30 in final tune-up for Conference USA play.

Ole Miss: Hosts Florida Gulf Coast on Dec. 29 in final game before Southeastern Conference competition.

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