JACKSON, Miss. – The Southeastern Louisiana men's basketball team drilled 10 three-pointers and got a career-high 30 points from Ty Brewer but it wasn't enough as Ole Miss edged SLU, 83-76, Saturday afternoon at the Mississippi Coliseum.
Brewer, a sophomore, shot 13-for-17 from the field and grabbed six rebounds while LaQuan Butler added 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting.
The Lions (3-8, 0-1 Southland) were 10-for-15 from the three-point line but the Rebels outshot Southeastern 26-5 at the free-throw line. SLU was 2-for-5 while Ole Miss was 16-for-25. Butler, Pape Diop and Max Starwood, who played 16 minutes, all fouled out for SLU.
Ole Miss (8-3) had four players score in double figures led by Khadim Sy with 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting. Breein Tyree, who entered the game fourth in the SEC in scoring at 18.3 points per game, scored 14 points on just 5-for-15 shooting. Blake Hinson had 13 points while Devontae Shuler had 11.
"I felt like for 40 minutes we played well," said SLU head coach David Kiefer. "All 11 guys that played gave us a great defensive effort. I am very pleased with the way Max (Starwood) played, he really did a good job of battling against their bigs and making things difficult all night."
The game started out as a shootout as the Lions held a 13-11 lead just four minutes into the game. Southeastern maintained a one-possession lead for much of the half leading 31-28 with 6:25 to go. However, the Rebels gained the advantage at halftime, 42-41.
The game stayed competitive for much of the second half as Ole Miss built a seven-point lead, 55-48, with 11:42 to go. Brewer scored back-to-back baskets to cut it to 55-52. The Rebels responded by pushing their lead to 69-59 with 6:42 left. Again, the Lions battled back scoring seven straight points to make it a one possession game with 3:51 left.
With Ole Miss clinging to a 73-70 lead with 2:30 to go, the Rebels went on a modest, but game deciding, 7-2 run to take an 80-72 lead and they would hold on for the win.
The Lions finished the game 32-for-55 (58 percent) from the field and were spectacular at sharing the basketball tallying 24 assists. The Rebels were 30-for-58 (51 percent). Ole Miss outrebounded the Lions, 36-24.
Ole Miss improved to 59-3 all-time against the Southland.
Next up, the Lions will have an eight-day layoff before traveling to Stillwater, Oklahoma to face Oklahoma State (8-2) Sunday, Dec. 29 at 2 p.m.