Strong Second Half Propels Rebels To 94-70 Win Over ULM

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OXFORD, Miss. Sophomores Eniel Polynice and David Huertas had 17 points apiece as Ole Miss improved to 4-0 Saturday with a 94-70 win over Louisiana-Monroe Saturday at the Tad Smith Coliseum. 

 

Freshmen Zach Graham and Chris Warren added 13 and 12 points, respectively for the Rebels, who stretched their non-conference home winning streak to 16. Huertas had 15 second half points, while Polynice added five rebounds, four assists and four steals in a strong floor performance.

 

Louisiana-Monroe (1-4) was led by Jonas Brown with 14 points, 11 in the first half, and Jordan Payne with 12. The Warhawks were 9-of-20 from three-point range, but could not overcome 30 turnovers.

 

Louisiana-Monroe raced to a 16-10 lead in the opening five minutes, as Lance Brasher and Brown combined to hit five consecutive three-point shots. Ole Miss forced 16 first half turnovers and gained control as the Warhawks cooled off.

 

Ole Miss led 42-38 at halftime and opened the second half with a 13-4 run, including six points and an assist from Warren. Louisiana-Monroe never closed within 10 points again.

 

Louisiana-Monroe got as close as 57-45 on a free throw by Payne with 12:42 left before another 11-0 run by the Rebels settled it. Kenny Williams and Huertas highlighted the surge with a pair of baskets apiece.

 

Ole Miss, leading the SEC at 95.3 points per game, finished 38-of-77, 49 percent, from the field and had only 10 turnovers. After opening 1-of-10 from three-point range, the Rebels finished 7-of-24.

 

Louisiana-Monroe, who shot more than 60 percent in the opening eight minutes, finished 22-of-47, 46 percent, from the field.


 

 

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