OXFORD, Miss. – Seattle University men's basketball closed out a defensive battle against Ole Miss with a 15-2 run, but the Rebels were able to ride their first-half lead to a 65-52 final over the Redhawks Tuesday night at The Pavilion at Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss.
The Rebels (4-0) entered the night ranked sixth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing an average of 52 points per game. They would allow just that mark again, remaining unbeaten on the season.
"Ole Miss was a really good team last year and this team is going to be even better," said Head Coach Jim Hayford. "They have one of the top defenses in the country and it is really hard to score on them. You have to give Ole Miss credit – they impose their will on you."
The Redhawks (2-4) found their way in the second half by going 16-for-18 from the free-throw line after not earning a trip to the stripe in the first frame. Seattle U also held the Rebels to just 1-of-9 with four turnovers to close out the game.
Terrell Brown led all scorers with 17 points, scoring 13 of those in the second frame. Delate Jones and Morgan Means each added seven points and six boards while Myles Carter and Aaron Nettles had six points each.
Ole Miss was paced by KJ Buffen's 13 points. Breein Kyree added 10 and Luis Rodriguez chipped in nine.
The Rebels broke open a 9-9 tie with an 11-0 run, opening up a 20-9 advantage with 11:27 to play in the first. A Means layup and Nettles three trimmed things down to six, 20-14, at the 10:29 mark. But the Redhawks would then go scoreless until Mattia Da Campo drained a corner three at the 1:39 mark. Ole Miss would carry a 30-17 lead into the break.
Ole Miss would open the second frame scoring 10 straight points, before Brown answered with five straight points of his own. The Rebel lead would extend to as many as 28 before Seattle U began to chip away.
After committing 10 first-half turnovers, the Redhawks finished with just two in the second half. Ole Miss totaled 16 for the game. Seattle U also held a 12-11 edge in offensive rebounds.
The Redhawks will make a brief return home to Seattle before heading back across the country next week for the NIT Season Tip-Off Orlando Subregional. Play at the ESPN Wide World of Sports will begin Monday, Nov. 25 with a 2 p.m. Eastern Time tip-off against Bucknell. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU.