Ole Miss edges Aggies to stop losing streak

Published 9:53 pm Wednesday, February 6, 2019

OXFORD (AP) — There was no celebration for Ole Miss, but there was a sigh of relief.
Ole Miss snapped a four-game losing streak, wiping out a nine-point deficit in the second half Wednesday night to defeat Texas A&M 75-71.

The Rebels play three of the next four games on the road and have home dates remaining against No. 1 Tennessee and No. 5 Kentucky.

“It wasn’t pretty, but we found a way,” Ole Miss coach Kermit Davis said. “We showed some toughness and contested shots in the last 10 minutes. We were desperate. We really needed this win.”

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Breein Tyree scored 22 points for the Rebels (15-7, 5-4 Southeastern Conference) while Terence Davis added 19 points, including six consecutive free throws in the final 30 seconds to preserve the win. Blake Hinson added 11 points, including a pair of go-ahead free throws for a 65-64 lead with 2:51 left.

Wendell Mitchell led Texas A&M (8-13, 1-8) with 23 points while Brandon Mahan had 20 points, including 6 of 7 from the 3-point line. Josh Nebo added 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for the Aggies, who led 57-48 on a Savion Flagg layup with 12:46 left.

Ole Miss finished 24-of-58 (41 percent) from the field, including Tyree’s 7-of-15. The Rebels were 9– 26 (34 percent) from the 3-point line and 18-of-19 (95 percent) from the free throw line.

Texas A&M was 28-of-62 (45 percent) from the field, but struggled with a 1-of-11 slump in the final five minutes. The Aggies hit 11 of 23 (47 percent) from 3-point range but only 2 of 10 during the decisive rally by the Rebels.

Mahan was outstanding from 3-point range, hitting 10 consecutive shots over a two-game span against Tennessee and Ole Miss. The streak ended with a miss from 25 feet with 1:45 left and the Aggies trailing 67-64.

“He was open, but it was deep,” Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy said of the potential game-tying shot. “The timing could have been better. It’s unfortunate.”