Hin­son leads Ole Miss over No. 14 Mis­sis­sippi St.

The Commercial Appeal - - Sports - David Brandt AP SPORTS WRITER

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Blake Hin­son scored a ca­reer-high 26 points, Breein Tyree added 19 and Mis­sis­sippi ral­lied for an 81-77 win over No. 14 Mis­sis­sippi State on Satur­day.

Ole Miss (13-2, 3-0 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) won its 10th straight game, con­tin­u­ing its sur­pris­ing run of great bas­ket­ball un­der first-year coach Ker­mit Davis.

Mis­sis­sippi State (12-3, 0-2) had a two-point lead at half­time and stretched that ad­van­tage to 48-39 in the open­ing min­utes of the second half. But the Rebels wouldn’t go away – Hin­son hit three straight 3-point­ers at one point – and Ole Miss pulled ahead 70-62 with seven min­utes left.

The Bull­dogs ral­lied, and Nick Weather­spoon hit a 3-pointer with 1:22 left to tie it at 77.

The Rebels fi­nally went ahead for good when Tyree made a driv­ing layup with about 50 sec­onds left.

The 6-foot-7 Hin­son made 8 of 16 shots, in­clud­ing 5 of 11 from 3-point range. Ter­ence Davis added 12 points.

Mis­sis­sippi State used a 14-0 run mid­way through the first half to take a 32-21 lead, but Ole Miss closed the gap to 41-39 by half­time.

Quin­ndary Weather­spoon had 11 points in the first half for the Bull­dogs.

Hin­son and Shuler both scored 10 for the Rebels.

Mis­sis­sippi State was led by Quin­ndary Weather­spoon’s 18 points. Lamar Peters added 16.

KER­MIT IN STARKVILLE

Ker­mit Davis knows Starkville quite well. He grew up in the town, where his dad was the head coach of the Bull­dogs in the 1970s. Davis also played for the Bull­dogs in the early 1980s.

BIG PICTURE

Ole Miss: The Rebels were picked to fin­ish last in the SEC this sea­son, but that looks very un­likely at this point.

Hin­son picked a great time to have a big game, and the rest of the Rebels were tough in a very loud road en­vi­ron­ment.

Mis­sis­sippi State: It’s an­other tough loss for the Bull­dogs, who looked great dur­ing non­con­fer­ence play but have dropped two straight in the league.

UP NEXT

Ole Miss re­turns home to face LSU on Tuesday.

Mis­sis­sippi State hosts Florida on Tuesday.

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