Final: Mississippi 68, Florida 51
How it happened:
Coming off the heels of a 20 point comeback at home against Georgia on Wednesday, Florida traveled to Oxford to take on Ole Miss. Mississippi entered the matchup with an 11-11 record and just a 2-7 mark in league play.
Florida and Ole Miss stood tall against each other to start the game, with the scoring staying knotted at 7 before Florida hit they’re typical scoring drought which allowed Ole Miss to spread their lead out to 21-8. Noah Locke and Kerry Blackshear pulled the gators together forcing a Rebel time out. Through the first 12 minutes Locke and Blackshear were the only players who had contributed on the score board.
Around the 6 minute mark both teams struggled to find the basket as both had over 3 minute scoring droughts going into the under 4 timeout. Florida responded by hitting back to back threes and closing the deficit to 6 with under 2 to play. A big time dunk by Scottie Lewis cut it to 4 with 40 to play in the half.
Ole Miss was hot during the first half led by point guard Breein Tyrie with 12. The Rebels seemed like they couldn’t miss during that half going 46% from the field and 50% from behind the arc (4-8). Florida on the other hand shot 36% from the field and 27% from deep (3-11).
Florida came right out of the break and cut the lead to two before another Ole Miss run extended the advantage back out to 10.
Florida did everything they could to come back against the Rebels, but the 3 ball attack couldn’t get it done. Ole Miss finished the game without much of a sweat as they led by double digits for the last 8 minutes.
Nembhard: 5 points 5 rebounds 3 assists
Locke: 8 points 2 rebounds
Johnson: 16 points 10 rebounds
Blackshear: 11 points 6 assists
Lewis: 7 points 2 rebounds
Rebound +/-: +5
Florida will be back in action Wednesday in College Station as they take on a struggling A&M team who has 2 wins in league play. This will be a bounce back game for the Gators.