Ole Miss looked very much the part of a ranked team that wanted to avenge a loss on their home court their last time out. Arkansas didn’t match that energy and fell 84-67 to the Rebels, who were in control of the game from the opening tip.
Arkansas missed their first six shots of the half and the Rebels had a 11-2 run to the start. It took over six minutes of game action before Keyshawn Embery-Simpson’s layup was the first made field goal of the game.
The Hogs were playing from behind the entire game and struggled on the boards to make things more difficult. Rebels center Dominik Olejniczak had an excellent first half, going 5/5 from the field in the half, and getting 13 points and five boards in the period. In the second half, their two best players Breein Tyree and Terence Davis took over, they both finished with 22 and 18 points in the game.
For Arkansas, they got most of their scoring from Isaiah Joe, and Gabe Osabuohien. They were the first two Hogs in double figures and ended with 11, and 13 respectively. Embery-Simpson led the team with 16. For Daniel Gafford, it was another game where he didn’t have the impact the team needed. He finished with 9 points, 10 rebounds, but had five turnovers.
The whole team struggled with turnovers in this one. The team had 17 turnovers and that led to Ole Miss getting nine more shots than the Hogs. The way this team struggles to make shots, they need to create more opportunities to win games and the opposite happened in this one.
Now the Hogs sit at 1-4 in Conference play and have a must win at home against a struggling Missouri team to keep things from really snowballing out of control. Right now, things will need to take a major step forward in quality across the board for that to happen.