BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Ole Miss Athletics) After leading the Ole Miss men's basketball team to a pair of home victories last week, Breein Tyree was tabbed SEC Player of the Week by the conference office. Averaging 30.5 ppg during the week, the senior guard collected the accolade for the second time in his career.
Tyree was on fire throughout the week, shooting 52.5 percent (21 of 40) from the field and 63.6 percent (7 of 11) from beyond the arc. He also got to the line, making 12 of 15 free throws for an 80.0 pecent clip. Tyree was the highest scorer in both contests, continuing to lead the conference in scoring during SEC play at 22.8 ppg.
The senior started the week off with his best game as a Rebel, scoring a career-high 38 points to guide Ole Miss to an 84-70 win over South Carolina (Feb. 5). It was the fourth-highest scoring game by an SEC player this season and the most by a Rebel in a game since 2016. With the performance, he jumped from 12th into the top 10 of the Ole Miss all-time scoring list. Playing all 40 minutes, Tyree finished 12 of 21 from the field, including 11 of 13 at the free throw line. The Somerset, New Jersey, native scored 20 of the team's 41 second half points. It was his third 30-point game of the season.
Tyree followed that up with a game-high 23 points to lead the Rebels past Florida (Feb. 8), moving into ninth on the program's all-time scoring list. He recorded his 12th 20-point game of the season and 34th of his career; it was also the sixth out of 10 conference games for the leading scorer in SEC play. On the defensive end, Tyree recorded a pair of steals and limited Florida's Andrew Nembhard to five points on 2 of 9 shooting. He helped the Rebels hold the Gators to a season-low 51 points, their best defensive effort in an SEC game since 2015.
As a junior, Tyree began conference play as the SEC Player of the Week (Jan. 7, 2019) after scoring 31 points in a league-opening win over Vanderbilt. It was the first time he eclipsed the 30-point plateau. He is the seventh Rebel to earn SEC Player of the Week honors multiple times, joining the likes of Dwayne Curtis, Terence Davis, Murphy Holloway, Stefan Moody, Justin Reed and Ansu Sesay.
In his final season as a Rebel, Tyree is having a huge senior season. Along with leading the league in scoring during conference play (22.8 ppg), Tyree averages 19.0 ppg on the overall season. He is shooting 45.1 percent from beyond the arc in SEC play, ranking second in the conference. Tyree is the only player in SEC play to rank in the top five in three-point percentage (2nd-45.1 percent) and top 10 in field goal percentage (7th-45.5 percent).
Tyree and the Rebels will look to win their third straight game Tuesday as MSU invades The Pavilion. Tipoff for the rivalry matchup is slated for 6 p.m. CT on ESPNU.