LAS VEGAS (AP) — Deandre Burnett had 18 points and a career-high tying eight assists to lead Ole Miss to a 79-62 rout of Rice on Wednesday night in the Heavyweight bracket's consolation game at the MGM Grand Main Event.
Terence Davis added 15 points in just 17 minutes after getting into foul trouble and Devontae Shuler scored 13 for the Rebels.
Using a tenacious full-court press, and red-hot shooting from the perimeter, the Rebels bolted to an early lead. But a scoreless drought of more than six minutes saw them fall behind by six, 27-21, with 6:05 left. But Ole Miss scored 19 — including 10 by Burnett — of the final 27 first-half points to lead 40-35 at the break.
The Rebels (4-1) found their shooting touch from long-range, hitting 6 of 15 from beyond the 3-point line in the second half to pull away. And as Ole Miss caught fire over the final 20 minutes, the Owls couldn't keep up, shooting 27.3 percent from the field, including just 2 of 14 (14.3 percent) from 3-point range, in the second half.
Ole Miss hit 12-of-32 3-pointers overall, while Rice made just 7 of 31.
Connor Cashaw led the Owls (1-4) with 24 points on 8-of-20 shooting, including 4 of 8 beyond the arc.
Ole Miss: The Rebels are still looking for someone to establish a presence in their frontcourt after the departure of Sebastian Saiz, as 7-footer Dominik Olejniczak is still trying to blend into the lineup. The Drake transfer was expected to fill the vacancy, but is averaging just 16.6 minutes, 6.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.
Rice: The Owls continue to struggle under first-year coach Scott Pera, who took over when Mike Rhoades left for VCU. Rhoades led the Owls to their second-highest victory total in school history and just their eighth 20-win season. Rice, which didn't suffer its fourth loss until New Year's Eve last season, is being outscored by 16.5 points in their setbacks.
Ole Miss takes five days off before hosting South Dakota State on Tuesday.
Rice returns home and will play St. Thomas on Saturday.