February 14, 2019 / 3:59 AM / 7 days ago

Ole Miss relies on stingy defense to shut down Auburn

Breein Tyree scored 20 points and the Ole Miss defense stymied Auburn for the second time this season in the visiting Rebels’ 60-55 SEC victory Wednesday night in Auburn, Ala.

Feb 13, 2019; Auburn, AL, USA; Ole Miss Rebels guard Devontae Shuler (2) runs a play as Auburn Tigers guard Bryce Brown (2) defends during the first half at Auburn Arena. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Devontae Shuler added 17 points as the Rebels improved to 17-7 and 7-4.

Chuma Okeke had 23 points and 11 rebounds and Jared Harper added 10 points for the Tigers (16-8, 5-6).

Auburn’s point total and 32.7 shooting percentage were its lowest of the season, falling short of the previous worsts in an 83-67 loss to Ole Miss on Jan. 9 in Oxford, Miss., when Auburn was ranked No. 10 in the nation.

On Wednesday, the Rebels made eight more 3-pointers (13-5) than the Tigers, though Auburn mitigated that disadvantage somewhat by outscoring Ole Miss 18-9 on free throws.

Terence Davis’ 3-pointer started the second-half scoring and extended Ole Miss’ six-point halftime lead to nine.

Harper’s three free throws helped Auburn get within 33-29 before Shuler and Tyree each made 3-pointers.

Okeke scored eight straight points before Zach Naylor ended a nearly four-minute scoring drought for the Rebels by making a 3-pointer, and he followed that with a layup for a 44-37 lead.

The margin stayed between seven and four points for more than six minutes before Horace Spencer’s free throw pulled the Tigers within 48-45.

Auburn closed within three again before Davis’ 3-pointer and Shuler’s two free throws gave Ole Miss a 56-48 lead with 3:42 remaining.

Okeke’s four points helped the Tigers get within three points again with 1:54 left. They got the ball back on a turnover, but missed two shots.

After an exchange of scoreless possessions, Tyree made two free throws for a five-point lead with 12 seconds left.

Tyree made two 3-pointers during an 8-0 run that gave Ole Miss an early 17-9 lead.

Tyree’s jumper and Shuler’s 3-pointer gave the Rebels their biggest lead at 27-17.

The Tigers got within three points before D.C. Davis’ 3-pointer gave Ole Miss a 30-24 halftime lead.

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