In a game that Mississippi State actually led at halftime, Ben Howland’s Bulldogs fell to the Ole Miss Rebels in humbling fashion. Despite a fast start and a strong performance from Reggie Perry, Mississippi State lost by 25 points.
The Bulldogs started out on a 10-2 run, taking a solid lead over the Rebels. But that lead evaporated quickly and Ole Miss tied the game.
The two teams traded scores before Mississippi State ultimately found itself with a 13-point lead at 26-13. However, at halftime, MSU clung to a narrow 34-33 advantage.
That lead disappeared entirely in the second half and the Rebels took over the game. Mississippi State was outscored 50-24 after halftime. Ole Miss defeated MSU 83-58.
While State’s Reggie Perry had a predictably great performance, scoring 24 points and snagging 8 rebounds, he was outshined by the remarkably dominant showing Breein Tyree had Tuesday evening.
Tyree, seemingly with ease, scored 40 points and had five rebounds. He hit 13 of his 22 shots, including 4 of 10 from three point range. Tyree was also 10-11 at the free throw line.
Ole Miss had 27 points off of turnovers, taking advantage of a sloppy performance on Mississippi State’s part.
Ben Howland is now 3-6 against Ole Miss in his time at Mississippi State.
Mississippi State will return to action Saturday at noon when the Bulldogs play the Arkansas Razorbacks in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
All stats via statbroadcast.com.