OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – Terence Davis had 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead surprising Mississippi to an 82-67 upset of No. 11 Auburn on Wednesday night.
Ole Miss (12-2, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) continued its run of strong play under first-year coach Kermit Davis after being widely picked to finish at or near the bottom of the league.
Freshman K.J. Buffen added 16 points for the Rebels while Devontae Shuler scored 14. Davis shot 9 of 15 from the field and made four 3-pointers.
Auburn (11-3, 0-1) trailed 42-29 at halftime, but pulled within 56-54 with nine minutes remaining. The Tigers could get no closer, with Davis, Buffen and Shuler hitting big shots to keep Ole Miss in front.
Auburn was led by Bryce Brown, who took 24 shots – 19 from 3-point range – to score 23 points. He was 8 of 24 overall, making six of his first 10 3-point attempts before missing eight of his final nine.
Ole Miss went on a 10-0 run midway through the first half to take a 25-14 lead and pushed that advantage to 13 points by halftime. Davis led the Rebels with 17 first-half points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field.
Auburn: The Tigers were playing for the first time after an 11-day layoff and looked rusty in the first half. Auburn played better after the break, and Brown nearly single-handedly kept them in the game with his 3-point shooting, but he finally went cold and the Tigers couldn’t keep pace.
Ole Miss: It was a huge win for the Rebels, who look like a very competitive SEC team through the conference season’s first week. At 6-foot-4, Davis had a huge game scoring and on the glass and is going to be one of the Rebels’ most important players going forward.
Auburn returns home to face Georgia on Saturday.
Ole Miss travels to face No. 14 Mississippi State on Saturday.