Ole Miss Leaves Las Vegas Victorious with Win over Rice
Justas Furmanavicius scored a season-high nine points on 4-of-4 shooting in the win over Rice.

Nov. 22, 2017

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Deandre Burnett had 18 points and a career-high tying eight assists to lead Ole Miss to a 79-62 rout of Rice on Wednesday night in the Heavyweight bracket's consolation game at the MGM Grand Main Event.

Terence Davis added 15 points in just 17 minutes after getting into foul trouble and Devontae Shuler scored 13 for the Rebels.

Using a tenacious full-court press, and red-hot shooting from the perimeter, the Rebels bolted to an early lead. But a scoreless drought of more than six minutes saw them fall behind by six, 27-21, with 6:05 left. But Ole Miss scored 19 -- including 10 by Burnett -- of the final 27 first half points to lead 40-35 at the break.

The Rebels (4-1) found their shooting touch from long range, hitting 6-of-15 from beyond the 3-point line in the second half to pull away. And as Ole Miss caught fire over the final 20 minutes, the Owls couldn't keep up, shooting 27.3 percent from the field, including just 2-of-14 (14.3 percent) from 3-point range, in the second half.

Ole Miss hit 12-of-32 3-pointers overall, while Rice made just 7-of-31.

Connor Cashaw led the Owls (1-4) with 24 points on 8-of-20 shooting, including 4-of-8 beyond the arc.

Ole Miss takes five days off before hosting South Dakota State on Tuesday.


 

 

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