OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Deandre Burnett scored 17 points, 12 in the second half Monday and Mississippi placed four players in double figures to defeat Eastern Kentucky 85-75.
Terence Davis scored 16 points with six rebounds for the Rebels (2-0) who led by as many as 19 points, 80-61, on a layup by Davis with 4:46 left.
Ole Miss had second half runs of 7-0 and 12-3 to keep the Colonels at a safe distance.
Devontae Shuler scored 12 points while Markel Crawford had 10 points, 5 assists and 2 steals. The Rebels never trailed and led 40-34 at halftime.
Nick Mayo and Dedric Boyd had 19 points apiece and Jackson Davis added 11 points for the Colonels (1-1). Eastern Kentucky shot 26 of 51 (51 percent) from the field, 6 of 12 from 3-point range and 17 of 22 (77 percent) from the free throw line.
Ole Miss shot 30 of 63 (48 percent), 10 of 22 (46 percent) from 3-point range, including 4 of 5 from Burnett. The Rebels were 15 of 22 (68 percent) from the free throw and out rebounded the Colonels, 33-30, with Marcanvis Hymon getting a team-high 10 rebounds.
Eastern Kentucky: The Colonels of the Ohio Valley Conference have a solid inside-outside punch with the 6-foot-9 Mayo and Boyd, the freshman combo guard, who added three rebounds. Mayo was 7 of 9 from the field, grabbed 10 rebounds and added two assists. Overall, the Colonels made it interesting, but could not match Ole Miss on the perimeter.
Mississippi: The Rebels preserved the lead by grabbing 10 offensive rebounds in the second half. Inside, Bruce Stevens and Hymon combined for 13 points and 16 rebounds. Ole Miss struggled occasionally with shot selection in half-court offense, but scored 18 points off turnovers and never allowed a serious comeback threat in the second half.
BACK ABOVE .500
Ole Miss moved above .500 for the first time in program history since January 12, 1959, improving to 1,283-1,282.
Eastern Kentucky: The Colonels host Kentucky State Thursday in their home opener.
Mississippi: The Rebels host Georgia State Friday in an undercard division game of the MGM Grand Main Event.
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