Ole Miss Falls to Arkansas, 74-65

Deandre Burnett scores 24 points against the Razorbacks. Photo curtesy of Petre Thomas/ Ole Miss Athletics

The Ole Miss Rebels fall 74-65 to the Arkansas Razorbacks inside the Pavilion on Tuesday.

Ole Miss (11-15, 4-9 SEC) started the game out strong behind the play of senior Deandre Burnett with a 3-pointer. Burnett finished the game with 24 points.

“We weren’t very good all night,” Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy said. “I think we started the game [shooting] 3 for 4 and then we went 1 for our next 15. If you were to script it as an opposing coach, you would say, ‘Let’s get Barford out of the game early in foul trouble, stay attached to their two all-league players and make other people beat us.’ They got great contributions from some of their role guys, and typically that doesn’t happen so much on the road. But really Arkansas is right in the thick of it.”

Arkansas climbed back into the game behind the of Daniel Gafford who scored 19 points against the Rebels. The Razorbacks took a 34-23 advantage into the locker rooms at the half.

In the second half, Ole Miss was able to have success with a scoring run to cut it down to a 53-52 game with eight minutes left. Arkansas’ Darius Hall helped start an 11-0 run with back-to-back 3-pointers. Hall finished the night with a double-double, 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Senior Markell Crawford joined Burnett in double figure scoring with 14 points of his own.

The Rebels hit a season-low 18 shots from the field for a 29.0 shooting percentage. From the charity strip, Ole Miss went 20 for 31 for 64 percent. Burnett made nine of his 12 attempts.

Ole Miss returns to action on Saturday as they travel down to Starkville for a showdown against Mississippi State.

“I know that Mississippi State is playing well,” Kennedy said. “It is never easy for Ole Miss in Humphrey Coliseum. I don’t anticipate anything but a battle on Saturday night.” 

Adam Brown is the sports editor of Hottytoddy.com. He can be reached at adam.brown@hottytoddy.com

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