Hinson leads Ole Miss over number 14 Mississippi St 81-77
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) – Blake Hinson scored a career-high 26 points, Breein Tyree added 19 and Mississippi rallied for an 81-77 win at number 14 Mississippi State on Saturday.
Ole Miss (13-2, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) won the 10th consecutive game and continued his surprising run of great basketball under coach Kermit Davis.
The state of Mississippi (12-3, 0-2) had an advantage of two points at halftime and extended that advantage to 48-39 in the opening minutes of the second half. But the rebels did not leave – Hinson hit three consecutive three-pointers at one point – and Ole Miss eliminated 70-62 with seven minutes left.
The Bulldogs gathered and Nick Weatherspoon skipped a 3-pointer with 1:22 to link it to 77. The rebels finally went on for good when Tyree made a row of lay-up with about 50 seconds remaining.
The 6-foot-7 Hinson made 8 of the 16 shots, 5 of which 11 out of the 3-point range. Terence Davis has added 12 points.
The Mississippi state used a 14-0 run halfway the first half to take a 32-21 lead, but Ole Miss closed the gap to 41-39 with a break. Quinndary Weatherspoon had 11 points in the first half for the Bulldogs. Hinson and Shuler both scored 10 for the rebels.
Mississippi guard Blake Hinson, right, restores a loose ball as Mississippi State forward Reggie Perry, left, falls in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Starkville, Miss. (AP Photo / Rogelio V Solis)
The state of Mississippi was led by the 18 points of Quinndary Weatherspoon. Lamar Peters added 16.
KERMIT IN STARKVILLE
Kermit Davis knows Starkville pretty well. He grew up in the city, where his father was the head coach of the Bulldogs in the seventies. Davis also played for the Bulldogs in the early eighties.
Ole Miss: The rebels were chosen to finish last in the SEC this season, but that looks very unlikely at the moment. Hinson chose a great time for a big game and the rest of the rebels were heavy in a very loud road environment.
State of Mississippi: it is another heavy loss for the Bulldogs, which looked great during nonconference games, but dropped two in the competition.
Ole Miss returns home Tuesday to meet LSU.
The state of Mississippi is Tuesday host of Florida.
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Mississippi State forward Aric Holman (35) shoots Mississippi guard Blake Hinson (0) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Starkville, Miss. (AP Photo / Rogelio V. Solis)
Mississippi State Guard Quinndary Weatherspoon, left, beats Mississippi guard Breein Tyree, right, out of balance while he dribbles around him in the first half of a NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Starkville, Miss. (AP Photo / Rogelio V. Solis)
Mississippi State Guard Quinndary Weatherspoon (11) tries to block a shot by Mississippi guard Terence Davis (3) in the first half of a NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Starkville, Miss. (AP Photo / Rogelio V Solis)
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