Georgia holds off Ole Miss 78-74 to win their first SEC game of the season

Oxford, Mississippi:

In an ugly, sloppy mess of a basketball game, it was the Georgia Bulldogs who came away victorious for the first time since the start of SEC play several weeks ago. It wasn’t pretty for either team, but Head Coach Tom Crean and his Georgia boys are heading back to Athens with a renewed sense of confidence after going into Oxford and pulling off an impressive road win over the Rebels.

The Bulldogs had four different guys scoring in the double figures, with Tye Fagan leading the way with 19. Sahir Wheeler was second in scoring for the Bulldogs with 18 points.

For Ole Miss, coming into the game with Georgia, they faced a must-win situation. Ole Miss was unable to come through as they resorted back to their old ways of dismal free-throw shooting going 5-15 from the line. The Rebels also lacked a true offensive identity today, which is something that has plagued the Rebels all season.

Despite the free-throw woes, the Rebels outrebounded the Bulldogs 33-24.

As Ole Miss goes forward with the season, they have got to find their identity as a basketball team and find it fast. The chances are still there to salvage this season for Head Coach Kermit Davis and the Rebels.

For the fans in Oxford, Kermit Davis is building something special at Ole Miss, and like anything worthwhile in life, it’s just going to take time. The pieces are there for this team to still make a run and somehow end up in the NCAA Tournament. All of that starts on Tuesday night as the Rebels head to Starkville to take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Following the game with Mississippi State, the Rebels will return home on Saturday to take on the Texas A&M Aggies. A win in both of those games would set Ole Miss up for a late run at the NCAA Tournament.

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