OXFORD, Miss. — The Mississippi State men’s basketball suffered a second-half domination by rival Ole Miss in an 83-58 loss Tuesday night inside The Pavilion.
With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 15-9 (6-5 SEC), while the Rebels improve to 13-11 (4-7 SEC).
MSU jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the opening minutes, but the Rebels tied things up at 10-10 with 13:01 to play in the first half.
The Bulldogs then worked their way to a double-digit lead at 23-13 with 8:24 to play, State held a comfortable lead for much of the first half but the Rebels ended the half on a 15-3 run to make it just a one-point lead for the Bulldogs at 34-33 at the halftime break.
The second half was all about the Rebels. They outscored MSU 50-24 in the half. Ole Miss built their lead to 11 points at 57-46 with 9:14 to play and grew its lead to 20 points at 72-52 with four minutes left in the game.
State went on to drop the contest by a score of 83-58
MSU led 31-18 at one point and was then outscored 65-27 the rest of the way. The Bulldog defense had absolutely no answers for senior guard Breein Tyree. He finished with 40 points, including 27 in the second half on his way to outscoring the Bulldogs 27-24 by himself.
Sophomore forward Reggie Perry led the team with 24 points and eight rebounds. Freshman guard D.J. Stewart Jr. chipped in with 16 points, while sophomore guard Robert Woodard II scored 12 points.
As a team, the Bulldogs shot 18-of-49 (36.7%), including just 2-of-16 (12.5%) from 3-point range. The Rebels shot 28-of-58 (48.3%) and 8-of-20 (40.0%) from beyond the arc.
The Bulldogs stay on the road for a Saturday contest with the Arkansas Razorbacks. Tip time is set for noon and will be televised by SEC Network.