Baldwin scores 31 as No. 24 Butler beats Ole Miss 67-58

 

The Associated Press

 

 

OXFORD, Miss. -- Another big performance from Kamar Baldwin kept No. 24 Butler unbeaten after an early-season test in an SEC arena.

 

Baldwin scored a season-high 31 points and the Bulldogs opened a large lead in the second half before holding off Mississippi 67-58 on Tuesday night in a game they never trailed.

 

"We swung first. Then we held on," Butler coach LaVall Jordan said. "We showed poise on the road and we executed. And what can you say about Kamar? He's playing at a really high level."

 

 

Baldwin shot 11 of 16 from the field, including 4 for 5 from 3-point range, to lead the Bulldogs (8-0). He added six rebounds and three assists.

 

Jordan Tucker and Bryce Nze each had eight points for Butler, and Nze grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

 

"My teammates did a great job of finding me when I got to the open spots," Baldwin said. "When they come to me, I'm supposed to hit the shots."

 

Breein Tyree scored 22 points and Khadim Sy added 12 for Ole Miss (5-3).

 

After trailing 31-22 at halftime and 50-34 midway through the second half, the Rebels pulled to 52-48 on Tyree's layup with 9:11 left. Butler answered with an 8-3 run, highlighted by six points from Baldwin, and the Rebels never got closer than seven again.

 

The Bulldogs finished 27 of 47 (51%) from the floor, including 8 for 17 on 3s (47%), and forced 17 turnovers.

 

"I saw some positive things tonight and I was proud we made a great comeback," Mississippi coach Kermit Davis said. "Their best player just took over the game. It's that simple. We missed shots down the stretch and Butler is way too good for that."

 

The Rebels shot 22 of 55 (40%) from the field, including a combined 14 for 25 from Tyree and Sy. Ole Miss was 7 of 22 (31%) from beyond the 3-point arc and a season-low 7 for 15 (46%) at the free throw line.

 

Sy, a 6-foot-10 junior college transfer, had his best performance of the season -- including three dunks in the first half. ... Since starting swingman Luis Rodriguez was injured, the Rebels have lost two of three games. A broken left foot will keep Rodriguez sidelined for eight weeks.

 

 

 

 

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