The Ole Miss Rebels won a hard-fought game over a pesky Chattanooga Mocs team who refused to go away. The Rebels put the Mocs away with three straight three-point baskets to jump-start a 28-0 run that put the Rebels past the Mocs, the Rebels used that extra boost to bury Chattanooga with about 10 minutes to play in the second half.
Chattanooga gave the Rebels everything they wanted and then some, never going away despite being down as much as 18 points at one point in the game. The Mocs will likely use this game with Ole Miss as a teaching experience for the rest of the season, with a lot to be proud of. David Jean- Baptiste led the Mocs in scoring with 15 points and was a huge reason as to why Chattanooga played the Rebels so close.
With the win over Chattanooga, Ole Miss has won five straight games for the first time since the 2015 season which is huge for the Rebels. Ole Miss showed grit throughout the game and made the right adjustments to earn a huge win over Chattanooga. Terence Davis was huge for the Rebels leading the team with 20 points in the win over the Mocs.
Kermit Davis had this to say about the win:
“First of all, I had a sneaky feeling. I started watching Chattanooga on tape, and watching Lamont Paris’ team, they’ve really gotten much better over the last three or four games. We haven’t really been tested at home yet, exhibition or the first four games. It was just something I thought would happen, and it did. It was my first time as the coach at Ole Miss to get down in the second half at home and watch your fans and players respond, so to me that was a cool thing and I enjoyed it. You saw the fan base get into it. I think they were a big part of our run. I’ve been through some runs, I don’t know if any of them were 28-0 runs. I remember playing Roy Williams’ team at Kansas, I was on the other end of like a 27-1 run back at Idaho, back in 1989 I think it was, at Allen Fieldhouse. I think it was good. I was proud of our players. We had a great test from Chattanooga. We went into halftime, and I thought it was best for our team not to start Terence Davis. I thought D.C. Davis gave us some great energy. He started us off right, but I enjoyed watching TD respond to that in a really mature way.”
Ole Miss improves to 8-2 on the season and will travel to Nashville, TN on Friday night to face the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders. The same Blue Raiders team that now Head Coach Kermit Davis led to multiple NCAA Tournaments and several conference championships. The Rebels will have their hands full with a very solid Blue Raider team, but the Rebels should win the game on Friday. That game with Middle Tennessee State will tip-off at 7p at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tn.