White scores 16, Ole Miss beats Middle Tennessee 70-51
Published 3:30 pm Thursday, December 17, 2020
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Romello White had 16 points to lead five Mississippi players scoring in double figures and the Rebels beat Middle Tennessee 70-51 on Wednesday night.
White, a graduate transfer from Arizona State, made 7 of 8 from the field and is shooting 80% (20 of 25) this season. KJ Buffen had 11 points and Devontae Shuler, Luis Rodriguez and Jarkel Joiner scored 10 apiece for Ole Miss (4-0).
Middle Tennessee went 0 for 6 from the field with six turnovers in the first six-plus minutes as the Rebels, who never trailed, jumped to a 13-2 lead. Ole Miss scored 12 points off 12 Blue Raiders turnovers in the first half and took a 32-22 lead into the break.
Ole Miss coach Kermit Davis set a program record of 332 win during his 16 seasons (2002-18) as head coach at Middle Tennessee. The Rebels have won seven of the 13 matchups between the schools. Davis is 7-1, going 3-0 for Ole Miss and 4-1 for the Blue Raiders.
Dontrell Shuler, Devontae’s younger brother, led Middle Tennessee (2-4) with 19 points and Tyler Millin had 12 points and eight rebounds.
Ole Miss shot a season-high 55% (28 of 51) from the field despite finishing with a season-low seven assists. The Rebels outscored the Blue Raiders 48-16 in the paint and 15-4 in fastbreak points. Middle Tennessee made 17 of 57 (30%) from the field and 5 of 22 (23%) from 3-point range.