By Adam Brown
The Iowa State Cyclones defeated Ole Miss 87-73 Saturday in the Pavilion.
“We got beat by an outstanding team,” Ole Miss head coach Kermit Davis said. “They’re probably the best put together offensive team in college basketball,”
Ole Miss (14-5) struggled by falling behind early and having to play catch up the rest of the contest. The Rebels went 0-8 from the field before center Dominik Olejniczak came down with a dunk, followed by a three-pointer by junior Breein Tyree.
Tyree led the Rebels in scoring with 22 points while senior Terence Davis added 16 points. Freshman Blake Hinson posted 13 points and Devontae Shuler scored 10 points for the Rebels in the game.
Iowa State came out on fire in the second half hitting 20 of 26 shots from the field. The Cyclones went on a run making 13 consecutive buckets to extend on its 43-38 lead at the half. Iowa State’s freshman Talen Horton-Tucker led the way in scoring with 23 points.
Coach Davis’ squad forced the Cyclones to turn the ball over 19 times while pulling down 15 offensive boards.
“We just were out of character. To give up 87 points at home in front of that kind of crowd is very poor,” Davis said.
Iowa State sent the Rebels to the free-throw line 17 times. Ole Miss hit 15 of those attempts at 88.2 percent. The Cyclones only had four attempts at the charity stripe in the game.
Ole Miss used its 1-3-1 defense against Iowa State but the Cyclones where able to break it down and score.
“Their skill level was so high,” Davis said. “We had to take some chances.”
The Rebels were held to just 36.2 percent from the field by Iowa State.
Ole Miss returns to league play on Wednesday as they travel to Gainesville to face the Florida Gators. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. CT on the SEC Network.