Ole Miss withstood a second-half surge by host Georgia to ease past the Bulldogs 70-60 Saturday afternoon in Athens, Ga., snapping the Rebels' season-high six-game losing streak.
The win was the first in conference play this season by the Rebels (10-9, 1-5 Southeastern Conference) while the Bulldogs dropped their third in a row to fall to 11-8 overall, 1-5 in conference play.
Breein Tyree led the Rebels with 20 points, followed by Khadim Sy with 16 and KJ Buffen with 14.
Jordan Harris led Georgia with 15 points and eight rebounds, followed by Anthony Edwards with 13 and Sahvir Wheeler with 11.
Up by six at the half, Ole Miss wasted no time pushing the margin back to double digits at 40-29 on a 3-pointer by Sy, forcing Tom Crean to call a timeout at the 17:17 mark.
But just when it looked like the Rebels might put this one away, the Bulldogs managed another surge, going on a 9-0 run to close within two thanks to five points by Harris and four by Wheeler.
Edwards would bring Georgia all the way back, giving the Bulldogs a 43-42 lead with 12:31 left on his third 3-pointer.
The Bulldogs' advantage didn't last long as Ole Miss would reclaim the lead and didn't let go.
A three-point play by Tyree followed by a steal and a dunk by Bryce Williams pushed the Rebels' lead to seven at 59-52 with 4:32 remaining.
Ole Miss would extend its lead to as many as 11 points before closing out the win.
The Rebels led 35-29 at the half.
Georgia made just nine of its 27 shots in the opening 20 minutes with the Rebels making good on all four of their 3-point attempts, including one by Tyree, who scored nine points in the first half.
Ole Miss led by as many as 10 points with an 11-2 run before the Bulldogs twice cut the margin back to three.
But each time the Rebels answered, on both occasions using 3-pointers -- one each by Williams and Sy -- to keep Georgia from getting any closer.
Georgia and Ole Miss both return to action on Tuesday with the Bulldogs traveling to Missouri and the Rebels entertaining Auburn.
--Field Level Media