Texas A&M guard Manny Obaseki (35) protects the ball as Mississippi guards Amaree Abram (1) and James White (5) defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Oxford, Miss., Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Ole Miss Comes Up Short Against Texas A&M

The Texas A&M Aggies (22-8, 14-3) defeated the Ole Miss Rebels (11-19, 3-14), 69-61, in the Pavilion Tuesday night.

Rebels Start Hot

Ole Miss senior Robert Allen opened play with a deep three, and the Rebels gained momentum right away — leading A&M for the first 11 minutes of action.

Ole Miss junior Matthew Murrell dropped 11 of their first 20 points to help Ole Miss secure a 20-8 lead.


A&M Responds

Down 20-8, A&M went on a 14-point run to take their first lead of the night at 22-20. The Aggies forced six turnovers during the span of their 14-point run to get back into the game.

While Ole Miss answered back and took a 26-22 lead, A&M answered right back to tie it up at 26.

The Aggies would lead for the rest of the night, going up six at the half.

Rebels Effort Comes Up Short

The Aggies secured their first double-digit lead early in the second half at 42-32.

The Rebels were able to hang around, though, and capitalize on an eight-point run to shrink the lead to just two.

But A&M would eventually go back up double digits and lead it 57-46.

While Ole Miss kept it relatively close within the last seven minutes, as they were able to once again cut the lead to under five, their efforts simply weren’t enough to get it done.

Murrell led the Rebels in their effort with 26 points, shooting 9-15 from the field and 8-11 from three.

Ultimately, Texas A&M’s defense proved to be too lethal for the Rebels. The Aggies forced Ole Miss to commit 18 turnovers, while only giving up five of their own — a season low.

Texas A&M was dominant in the paint, outscoring Ole Miss by 22 points.

Three of the Aggies’ starters put up double digits, and the bench contributed heavily with 25 points in the win.


Texas A&M Makes Program History

The victory marked the Aggies’ 14th conference win, which ties for the most conference wins in a season in the program’s history. The last time Texas A&M won 14 conference games was in 1980.


Season Finale

With the regular season is coming to a close, Texas A&M will face No. 2 Alabama at home Saturday at noon.

Ole Miss will travel to take on Missouri Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

About Rachel Rosen

Rachel Rosen is a junior at the University of Florida pursuing a degree in Media Production, Management and Technology. As a camera operator for University of Florida sporting events, she has a passion for live sports production and broadcasting.

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