OXFORD, Miss. – Christopher Galbreath Jr. and John Dewey III turned big games, but the Ole Miss Rebels went on a second-half run to hold off the Sam Houston State Bearkats, 82-69, on Wednesday night at The Pavilion.
Galbreath poured in 22 points and nine rebounds, coming up just one rebound short of his fourth consecutive double-double. Meanwhile, Dewey picked up the first double-double of his career finishing with 12 points, 10 assists and five rebounds.
Cameron Delaney also added 12 points, hitting four of Sam Houston’s (5-5) nine threes on the night, but it was the Rebels (5-4) who answered with 10 triples of their own and dominated the glass, finishing with a dozen offensive rebounds and winning the second-chance battle 11-2.
The Kats turned the ball over just eight times on the night and shot 41 percent, but fell victim to a number of offensive spurts by Ole Miss who hit more than half of their shots for the night and put four players in double figures.
It will be a short turnaround for the Bearkats as they will return home for a clash with the Little Rock Trojans on Friday at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN THE FIRST HALF
The Bearkats missed their first six shots of the game before a midrange jumper from Galbreath went through, snapping a 10-2 Rebel run in the game’s first four minutes. Ole Miss would continue to add to their lead, going on a 9-0 run that upped the margin to 13 midway through the half.
Much of that came from Markel Crawford, who hit a quartet of triples and scored 14 of his team-high 16 points in the game before the 8-minute mark of the opening period.
The lead would get as high as 19 before the Kats made a strong push to end the half, scoring going on a 17-4 run to end the half that was powered by eight points from Galbreath and six from Dewey.
Dewey’s layup with just over a minute left in the half capped the run, cutting the Ole Miss lead to just 39-33 at the break.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN THE SECOND HALF
Again, it was Galbreath carrying the early load for the Bearkats, hitting his first two shots from the field to keep the Kats within just six points, but the Rebels answered with a 9-2 run and did not stop there.
They would make a nine of 11 shots during a long stretch during the second half, running their lead to as much as 20 on the second straight three ball from Justas Furmanavicius who finished the night with eight points off the bench for Ole Miss.
Delaney did his part to keep the Kats in it, nailing three 3-point baskets in a 5-possesion span that cut it to 69-55 with less than 10 minutes to play. A 9-3 run aided by four free throws by Dewey and five points from Jamal Williams still had Sam Houston in it, down 12 with less than five minutes to play.
A 3-pointer by Josh Delaney was followed by a layup by Williams with 2:07 to go that had Sam down 79-69, but it was the only shot of the Kats’ last eight tries from the field that they were able to get to go.