Rebels Drop First Game of the Season

Nov. 21, 2017

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Justin Bibbins scored 23 points, Donnie Tillman had 13 points and eight rebounds, as Utah used a balanced offense to defeat Ole Miss 83-74 on Monday night in the MGM Resorts Main Event.

The Utes (4-0) defeated their second SEC foe this season, improving to 16-19 all-time against opponents from the SEC. Utah defeated Missouri, 77-59, on Nov. 16.

Despite losing four starters from last year's squad that made the NIT, the Utes haven't shown any signs of regression, having outscored their first four opponents by an average of 22 points.

The Utes shot 47.3 percent overall, including 11 of 29 from 3-point range, and made 14 of 26 (53.8 percent) from the field in the second half.

Tyler Rawson had nine points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, Donnie Tillman and David Collette scored 13 points apiece and Sedrick Barefield added 12.

Ole Miss (3-1) found itself in foul trouble late in the second half, with three starters getting their fourth by the eight-minute mark. The Rebels got within two with four minutes left, but Utah's perimeter game was too much.

Bibbins' 3-pointer pushed the lead back to five, and an Ole Miss turnover led to a bucket by Rawson to give Utah a 76-69 edge a minute later.

Deandre Burnett had 21 points, while Terence Davis and Breein Tyree each scored 10 for the Rebels.

Ole Miss will look to rebound from its first loss of the season when it faces Rice (1-3) on Wednesday.


 

 

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