The Tigers’ seven 3-point attempts were their fewest in five years under Cuonzo Martin. Mizzou shot 28 of 44 from inside the 3-point arc (63.6%) and outscored Ole Miss in the paint 38-22 while controlling the boards 40-26.
The last time the Tigers left Columbia they came home from a 44-point shellacking at Arkansas last Wednesday, followed by Saturday’s home meltdown against Texas A&M, a game Mizzou lost by three after leading for more than 35 minutes. But other than an early batch of turnovers, the Tigers opened with another strong start Tuesday. By the eight-minute timeout, Mizzou had doubled Ole Miss on the boards while shooting 50% from the field.
The winning margin matched MU’s biggest SEC win since beating Georgia 64-39 on March 6, 2019.
Travon Brazile’s second block ignited a transition chance for the Tigers and Davis finished the job with a dunk, pushing Mizzou ahead 32-21, MU’s biggest lead of the game through the first half.
The lead grew to 38-23 by halftime as the Rebels went 7 minutes, 29 seconds between field goals late in the half. Things got so bad for Ole Miss, Davis exhausted his timeouts with more than a minute left in the half.
The Rebels had no answer for Davis’ midrange game. Shifting between guard spots, the left-hander drilled Ole Miss for 13 points in the first half, shooting 5 of 5 from the floor. Mizzou all but gave up shooting from 3-point range, attempting just four shots from deep in the half and instead consistently drove the ball inside or took short jumpers. The Tigers came into the game shooting just 24.8% from 3-point range, which ranked No. 357 out of the 358 Division I teams.