OXFORD, MS (WLBT) - A record-breaking shooting performance by No. 24 Iowa State doomed the No. 20 Ole Miss men’s basketball team in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. In the first ever battle between two ranked teams in The Pavilion, a 69.1 field goal percentage (38 of 55) lifted the Cyclones (15-5) past the Rebels (14-5) 87-73 Saturday afternoon.
Iowa State shot 20 of 26 (76.9 percent) in the second half, making 13 consecutive shots at one point to build upon a five-point halftime lead. Freshman Talen Horton-Tucker scored a game-high 23 points, while Lindell Wigginton added 18 off the bench. Marial Shayok reached double figures as well, tallying 17 points.
Junior guard Breein Tyree scored 22 points, his team-best ninth 20-point game of the season, to pace the Rebels. Terence Davis recorded 16 points, while tallying team highs in rebounds (6) and assists (4). Two other Rebels put together double-figure scoring performances as Blake Hinson and Devontae Shuler finished with 13 and 10, respectively.
As a team, Ole Miss forced Iowa State into making 19 turnovers. The Rebels also pulled down 15 offensive rebounds, tying a season high. Ole Miss went 15 of 17 (88.2 percent) from the stripe and held the Cyclones to only four free throw attempts throughout the game.
Ole Miss got off to a slow start, missing its first eight shots before a Dominik Olejniczak putback slam got the Rebels going. Tyree followed with a three on the next possession, slicing a seven-point deficit down to two. Iowa State countered with a 9-0 run to make it a double-digit game and force head coach Kermit Davis to call his second timeout within the first seven minutes of the contest.
Coming out of the timeout, the Rebels forced four consecutive turnovers. However, they only got four points out of the stretch and allowed the Cyclones to grow their advantage. Down by 12, Ole Miss cut the margin in half with six points in one minute. The quick burst was highlighted by a Shuler steal and dunk that brought The Pavilion crowd to their feet. After forcing an ISU miss, Terence Davis took the ball coast-to-coast for a tough finish. Just like that, the Iowa State lead narrowed to six, 25-19, 7:17 left in the opening half.
After making only eight of their first 30 shots (26.7 percent), the Rebels sank five of their next six. A pair of attempts at the end of the half did not fall, but Ole Miss only trailed by five at the break, 43-38. With the large disparity in shooting percentage, 62.1 percent (18 of 29) for Iowa State and 34.2 percent (13 of 38) by the home team, Ole Miss remained within striking distance. Tyree paced the Rebels with 13 points, while Horton-Tucker surpassed his scoring average (11.9 ppg) in only one half with 15 points for Iowa State.
The Cyclones missed their first shot of the second half before making 13 in a row to help build a 16-point advantage. Ole Miss continued to put up a fight throughout the second half, but Iowa State remained hot to earn a victory in the top 25 battle. After playing in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, Ole Miss returns to conference play by heading to The Sunshine State to battle the Florida Gators (Jan. 30). Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. CT on SEC Network. Like all Ole Miss men’s basketball games, you can catch all of the action on the Ole Miss IMG Sports Network.
- The Rebels lost back-to-back games for the first time this season, while also dropping to 2-1 against ranked teams on the year.
- Ole Miss went 15 of 17 (88.2 percent) from the free throw line, the sixth time shooting better than 85 percent at the stripe this season.
- The Rebels pulled down 15 offensive rebounds, tying a season high.
- Today's game was the first matchup between two top 25 teams in the history of The Pavilion (opened in January 2016).
- This was also the first game between two ranked teams in Oxford since 2008.
- Breein Tyree scored a team-high 22 points, his team-leading ninth 20-point game of the season.
- Iowa State set a Pavilion record for shooting percentage, going 38 of 55 for 69.1 percent. The previous record was 61.5 percent by Ole Miss earlier this season against Chattanooga (Dec. 16). The previous high by an opponent was Vanderbilt last season, shooting 52.7 percent (March 3, 2018).