ATHENS, Ga. (AP)Breein Tyree scored 20 points and helped Ole Miss end its six-game losing streak with a 70-60 win over Georgia on Saturday.
Tyree recorded his tenth game of 20-plus points and made a series of big plays late in the second half. He converted a three-point play and drove between two Georgia defenders for an uncontested fast-break layup to give the Rebels a 61-53 lead with 4:06 left.
”Breein Tyree played like one of the best guards in college basketball, which he is,” Ole Miss coach Kermit Davis said.
Tyree was 8-for-15 from the field, one of them a 3-pointer, with four rebounds, four assists and three steals. ”When you lose him, he makes you pay,” Georgia coach Tom Crean said.
Ole Miss (10-9, 1-5 SEC) also got 16 points from Khadim Sy and 14 points from K.J. Buffen.
Georgia (11-8, 1-5 SEC) was led by Jordan Harris with 15 points and a season-high eight rebounds. Anthony Edwards scored 13, but was just 3-for-12 from the field, and Sahvir Wheeler scored 11 points.
Ole Miss shot 52% from the field and created 16 turnovers, which led to 20 points. Georgia shot only 31% from the floor.
”We’re not going to beat anybody shooting the way we shot,” Crean said. ”Our defense at times was good, but the bottom line is our offense didn’t give us enough chance.”
Ole Miss surged to a 10-point lead when Blake Hinson scored from the paint with 4:46 left in the first half to give the Rebels a 32-22 lead. But Georgia got back in the game with a 7-0 run, five of those points coming from Harris, but failed to score in the final 2:52. Ole Miss led 35-29 at halftime.
Ole Miss scored the first five points of the second half to take an 11-point lead, but didn’t make another basket until 10:10 remaining. During that interim the Bulldogs outscored the Rebels 14-2 and took a 43-42 lead when Edwards hit a 3-pointer with 12:31 remaining.
”I was proud of the way our team, the way we defended,” Davis said. ”I am real proud of the way our team, in the way that Georgia made a great comeback, the arena got really loud and our team stayed true to form.”
The lead didn’t last long. Ole Miss regained the lead when Buffen made a pair of free throws 27 seconds later and the Rebels never trailed again.
Georgia: The Bulldogs dropped to 9-2 at home, where their only previous loss was against Kentucky. They play half of their remaining 12 games on the road, where they’re 1-4 overall and 0-3 in the SEC.
Ole Miss: The Rebels stopped a six-game losing streak, the longest suffered since losing seven in a row during the 2017-18 season. That team went 12-20 and coach Andy Kennedy was fired after the season.
Georgia made only 17 of 55 from the field. That is the fourth time in the last seven games the Bulldogs have failed to shoot 40 percent from the floor. They’ve won only one of those games.
NO STOPPING TYREE
Breein Tyree is averaging 25.4 points in five conference games, ranking him No. 1 in the conference against SEC opposition. The senior also passed Terence Davis and moved into 12th place on the Ole Miss’ career scoring list. Tyree has 1,527 points and needs 26 to catch No. 14 Don Kessinger
Georgia is on the road again on Tuesday against Missouri. The all-time series is tied 7-7, but Missouri won the last meeting 71-61 on March 13, 2019.
Ole Miss returns home on Tuesday to play Auburn. Ole Miss trails the all-time series 77-69 and won both games against the Tigers last season.
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