FGCU Florida Gulf Coast Eagles 57
Florida Gulf Coast Eagles Florida Gulf Coast Overall (5-10)
ATS (0-4)
O/U (1-3)
December 29 2018
- SEC Network+
MISS Ole Miss Rebels 87
Ole Miss Rebels Ole Miss Overall (10-2)
ATS (7-1-1)
O/U (6-3)
Final
Money Line Total: Spread ATS
12
Florida Gulf Coast Eagles OFF OFF OFF
2631
Ole Miss Rebels OFF OFF OFF
4443
Final
Money Line Total: Spread ATS
FGCU OFF OFF OFF
MISS OFF OFF OFF
Recap

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi coach Kermit Davis spoke quietly in the postgame press conference. His Rebels spoke loud and clear on the court Saturday in an 87-57 win over Florida Gulf Coast.

"We finished undefeated in December and that's hard to do. I don't care who you are," Davis said. "We've played six of eleven games away from home and we're 10-2 and undefeated in December. We've still got progress to make, but I like where we are right now."

Terence Davis scored 20 points as Mississippi placed five players in double figures. The Rebels raced to a 7-0 lead in the opening four minutes and were never seriously threatened.

Breein Tyree scored 14 points, while Devontae Shuler, Bruce Stevens and Blake Hinson added 11 apiece for the Rebels (10-2), who won their seventh consecutive game. Davis had a team-high six rebounds and added two assists.

"Our energy level was really good early," Ole Miss coach Kermit Davis said. "Florida Gulf Coast is talented offensively and we were able to take them out of a lot of things they do well. Getting 31 baskets on 22 assists means we're moving the ball."

RaySean Scott Jr. scored 18 points with nine rebounds and Dinero Mercurius added 12 points for the Eagles (5-10). Scott was 8 of 10 from the field, but the Eagles finished 21-of-52 shooting (40 percent), including 6 of 16 (37 percent) from 3-point range.

"Losing isn't acceptable here, but it was positive that after we got down early, we competed to get back in it," Florida Gulf Coast coach Michael Fly said. "That run at the end of the first half and the start of the second half, we played hard but just didn't have enough to get back in it."

Ole Miss added to the early 7-0 run with a 22-6 spurt that spanned seven minutes of the first and second halves to take control. The Rebels led 44-26 at halftime and by as many as 37 points, 85-48 on a Zach Naylor dunk with 3:08 remaining.

The Rebels shot 31 of 60 (52 percent) from the field, including 12 of 25 (48 percent) from the 3-point line with Davis and Tyree sinking three apiece.

Ole Miss was 13 of 18 (72 percent) from the free-throw line and outrebounded the Eagles 37-28.

BIG PICTURE

Florida Gulf Coast: Leading scorer Schadrac Casimir (12.3 points per game) struggled, scoring two points and finishing with four turnovers. Despite a strong performance from Scott, FGC simply did not have enough offensive weapons to keep pace. The Eagles finished 9 of 12 (75 percent) from the free-throw line to stay within striking distance until the final four minutes of the first half.

Ole Miss: The only thing that did not go right for the Rebels was an ankle injury to KJ Buffen midway through the second half. The freshman forward left the playing floor for the dressing room under his own power after recording five rebounds and a pair of blocked shots in 16 minutes. His injury was termed not serious in the postgame press conference.

UNDER THE RADAR

Picked to finish last in the SEC in the preseason media poll, the Rebels lead the SEC in field-goal shooting (51 percent) and free-throw shooting (76 percent) and appear much improved defensively.

January will determine if Ole Miss has been overlooked. The Rebels' SEC schedule includes four SEC road games, including arch rival and No. 19 Mississippi State and home dates with No. 12 Auburn and Iowa State in the Big12/SEC Challenge.

"It's going to be tough when conference play starts on Saturday. We know that," Davis said. "We expect to keep improving and find out a lot about ourselves over the next two months."

BATTLE TESTED

Florida Gulf Coast should be well prepared for Atlantic Sun Conference portion of the schedule beginning in January. Prior to losses against Florida and Ole Miss of the SEC, the Eagles opened with five games against teams that won regular-season conference championships or played in championship tournament games last season, finishing 2-3.

UP NEXT

Florida Gulf Coast: The Eagles host Liberty to begin Atlantic Sun Conference play on Jan. 5.

Ole Miss: The Rebels travel to Vanderbilt in the SEC opener for both teams on Jan. 5.

Matchup
Florida Gulf Coast Overall
W/L 5-10
ATS 0-4
Pts For 72.7
Pts Against 78.5
Total 1-3
Florida Gulf Coast Away
W/L 2-8
ATS 0-4
Pts For 70.2
Pts Against 80.6
Total 1-3
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-29
1:00 PM
at Ole Miss L 87-57
12-22
4:00 PM
at Florida L 77-56 L (17) U (140.5)
12-19
6:30 PM
Keiser W 87-85
12-16
6:00 PM
at UMBC W 76-53
12-5
7:00 PM
at Oral Roberts W 96-76
12-2
12:30 PM
Colgate L 74-56
11-28
6:30 PM
FIU L 81-80
11-25
2:00 PM
at Florida Atlantic L 85-68
11-21
10:00 AM
at UTSA L 76-65 L (3) U (155)
11-20
12:30 PM
at Colorado State L 82-74 L (-1.5) O (153)
Avg. Points For 71.5
Avg. Points Against 77.6
ATS 0-3
Over/Under 1-2
Ole Miss Overall
W/L 10-2
ATS 7-1-1
Pts For 79.4
Pts Against 66.1
Total 6-3
Ole Miss Home
W/L 8-1
ATS 4-1-1
Pts For 80.2
Pts Against 64.4
Total 4-2
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-29
1:00 PM
Florida Gulf Coast W 87-57
12-21
7:00 PM
at Middle Tennessee W 74-56 W (-13.5) U (143)
12-16
5:00 PM
Chattanooga W 90-70 W (-19.5) O (148.5)
12-12
6:30 PM
SELA W 69-47
12-8
7:00 PM
at Illinois State W 81-74 W (-6) O (153.5)
12-1
1:00 PM
Louisiana-Monroe W 83-60 W (-15) U (145)
11-28
6:30 PM
San Diego W 93-86 T (-7) O (143.5)
11-24
6:00 PM
Cincinnati L 71-57 L (3.5) U (135)
11-23
8:30 PM
Baylor W 78-70 W (1.5) O (142)
11-20
6:00 PM
Nicholls State W 75-55
Avg. Points For 78.7
Avg. Points Against 64.6
ATS 5-1-1
Over/Under 4-3
Scoring
Florida Gulf Coast
NameMinFG3 PTFTOff RebRebAstStlBlkTOFouls+/-PTS
RaySean Scott Jr. (F) 19:008-10 80%2-2 100%0-2 0%5900012018
Dinero Mercurius (G) 13:003-4 75%3-3 100%3-3 100%0000011012
Decardo Day (G) 31:002-8 25%0-3 0%4-5 80%027106408
Troy Baxter Jr. (F) 19:002-4 50%0-0 0%0-0 0%120020204
Christian Carlyle (G) 19:001-4 25%0-0 0%2-2 100%112010104
Brian Thomas (F) 14:002-2 100%0-0 0%0-0 0%230012204
Zach Scott (G) 19:001-8 12.5%1-5 20%0-0 0%021002303
Schadrac Casimir (G) 22:001-4 25%0-2 0%0-0 0%011104102
Brady Ernst (F) 20:001-2 50%0-0 0%0-0 0%022011102
Caleb Catto (G) 20:000-4 0%0-1 0%0-0 0%010002000
Ricky Doyle (F) 4:000-2 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%010000000
Haanif Cheatham (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Malik Hardy (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Kyle Hoffman (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Dolan Mahoney (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
DeAnte Moore (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Ryan Rocuant (C) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Ole Miss
NameMinFG3 PTFTOff RebRebAstStlBlkTOFouls+/-PTS
Terence Davis (G) 26:008-14 57.1%3-6 50%1-1 100%2622113020
Breein Tyree (G) 29:005-8 62.5%3-4 75%1-1 100%0364142014
Devontae Shuler (G) 26:004-8 50%1-4 25%2-3 66.7%0251001011
Blake Hinson (G-F) 23:003-6 50%1-3 33.3%4-5 80%0130011011
Bruce Stevens (F) 22:004-5 80%1-2 50%2-2 100%1411000011
D.C. Davis (G) 19:002-4 50%2-3 66.7%0-2 0%352102206
KJ Buffen (F) 16:001-6 16.7%0-0 0%3-4 75%251121205
Zach Naylor (F) 11:002-3 66.7%1-2 50%0-0 0%131101105
Dominik Olejniczak (C) 16:001-2 50%0-0 0%0-0 0%250010002
Antonio Morgano (G) 1:001-1 100%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000002
Luis Rodriguez (G-F) 8:000-1 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%001000100
Brian Halums (G) 3:000-2 0%0-1 0%0-0 0%000000000
Carlos Curry (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
John McBride (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Franco Miller Jr. (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000