By Adam Brown
The No. 18 Ole Miss Rebels defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks 84-67 inside a sold-out Pavilion on Saturday to rebound from their first conference loss.
“We’ve had two top-15 wins, great wins, but that was probably the best win of the year because of the response after you lose your first league game,” Ole Miss coach Kermit Davis said.
Ole Miss (14-3, 4-1) jumped on top of Arkansas with a quick 7-0 advantage and never looked back throughout the game.
“Bouncing back and doing it for the first time in this league for a new program sometimes is hard, especially when you have that kind of atmosphere out there,” Davis said.
Junior Breein Tyree led the Rebels in scoring with 22 points. Three other Rebels joined Tyree in putting up double figures as senior Terence Davis added 18 points and nine rebounds, Bruce Stevens had 14 and Dominik Olejniczak scored 13 in the victory.
Olejniczak played his best game of the season, scoring nine of the Rebels’ first 19 points as he faced off against Arkansas’ Daniel Gafford. He also pulled down five rebounds and a pair of blocks.
Arkansas (10-7, 1-4) was led on the floor by Embery-Simpson with 16 points while his teammate Gabe Osabuohein added 13 of his own.
The Rebels shot 51.4 percent from the floor and held the Razorbacks to 40 percent from the field in the game. Coach Davis’ squad won the rebounding margin 40-31 over Arkansas.
Ole Miss returns to action on Tuesday as they hit the road to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. on ESPNU.