By Adam Brown
The No. 8 seeded Ole Miss Rebels basketball season came to a close in the first round of the NCAA Tournament with a loss to the No. 9 seeded Oklahoma Sooners 95-72 on Friday in Columbia, South Carolina.
Ole Miss (20-13) found themselves down early against the Sooners. Senior Terence Davis finished the day on the floor with 17 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds in his final game in a Rebel uniform.
Coach Kermit Davis’ squad had a total of four players to reach double figures – Devontae Shuler (13), Blake Hinson (11), and Breein Tyree added 10 of his own.
The Rebels found themselves in foul trouble as Tyree, K.J. Buffen and Bruce Stevens all ended up with four fouls in the contest.
Ole Miss cut the deficit down to 11 points twice in the half. Oklahoma scored 50 points on the Rebels in the opening 20-minutes which was the largest amount the team had ever allowed this season to an opponent in a half.
In the second half, the Rebels started out on fire as they made a 12-7 run to cut the deficit to 58-45 off a 3-pointer by Davis.
Oklahoma was led by Rashard Odomes and Christian James who scored 20 points apiece, while Kristian Doolittle added 19 points.
The Rebels made 11 of their 31 attempts from beyond the arc and were held to only four attempts from the free throw line.
Oklahoma shot 57.6 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from beyond the arc. The Sooners won the turnover battle as they forced Ole Miss to 11.
Oklahoma awaits the winner of Virginia and Gardner-Webb on Sunday.