Terence Davis scored 18 points, Sebastian Saiz added 17 and Ole Miss pulled away to easily beat Mississippi State 88-61 on Tuesday night.
Ole Miss (13-9, 4-5 Southeastern Conference) won for just the fourth time in the past 10 games. The 6-foot-9 Saiz also had 11 rebounds to finish with his 15th double-double of the season.
Mississippi State (13-8, 4-5) cut the Ole Miss lead to 64-54 with 10:39 remaining, but the Rebels scored the next 12 points to put the game out of reach.
The Bulldogs were led by Quinndary Weatherspoon and Lamar Peters, who both scored 16 points. Peters left the game midway through the second half with an undisclosed injury and the Bulldogs’ offense never looked the same.
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It was a close game for a big chunk of the first half. Ole Miss was up just 29-28 with 7:45 remaining, but used a 22-5 run to take a 51-33 lead by halftime. The Rebels were doing just about everything right, shooting 20 of 38 (52.6 percent) from the field and forcing 12 Mississippi State turnovers.
Mississippi State: The Bulldogs looked like a team on the rise a few weeks ago after a good win against Texas A&M and a close loss to Kentucky. Now they’ve lost three of four, including a 27-point loss to their in-state rival.
Ole Miss: It’s a nice win for the Rebels, who desperately needed some good news after losing six of nine games coming into Tuesday. Davis gave the Rebels some scoring punch.
Mississippi State: The Bulldogs host Tennessee on Saturday.
Ole Miss: The Rebels go on the road to face Vanderbilt on Saturday.