Oxford, Miss. — Terence Davis scored 17 points to lead four in double figures and Kermit Davis won his head-coaching debut as Mississippi defeated Western Michigan 90-64 in the Rebels' season opener on Saturday.
Breein Tyree, Devontae Shuler and D.C. Davis scored 14, 13 and 12 points, respectively for the Rebels (1-0), who led 43-22 at halftime and by 29 in the second half. Terence Davis was 7 of 12 from the field, while Shuler hit a team-high three 3-point shots.
Jared Printy and Josh Davis led Western Michigan (1-1) with 17 and 11 points, respectively Seth Dugan added 10 points and a game-high seven rebounds. The Broncos trailed 30-8 in the opening 12 minutes and never got closer than 12 points in the second half.
Ole Miss shot 33 of 61 (54 percent) from the field, including 10 of 22 (46 percent) from the 3-point line. Western Michigan was 20 of 49 (41 percent) from the field and 7 of 19 (37 percent) from 3-point range. The Rebels outrebounded Western Michigan 31-28.
The Broncos fly under the radar nationally, but have been consistently successful during the 16-year run of Steve Hawkins, whose impressive resume includes 400-plus wins, eight MAC West Division titles and a pair of NCAA Tournament berths. A demanding non-conference road schedule remains, but the Broncos figure to remain among the top teams in the MAC, despite a poor road performance against the Rebels.
The Broncos visit Oakland on Tuesday.
(At) No. 9 Villanova 86, Quinnipiac 53: Phil Booth scored a career-high 23 points. Booth made three of Villanova’s 12 3-pointers. The Wildcats (2-0) shot 47.1 percent (32 for 68) from the floor.
Villanova led by as many as 37. The Wildcats (2-0) outrebounded the Bobcats 50-29, including 20 offensive rebounds that led to 26 second-chance points.
Collin Gillespie went 4 for 6 from 3-point range and finished with 16 points at Wells Fargo Center. Senior forward Eric Paschall had 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting, added eight rebounds and three assists.
Quinnipiac (0-1), coached by former Villanova assistant Baker Dunleavy, made just 34 percent of its shots. Cameron Young scored 18 points for the Bobcats.
(At) Syracuse 84, Morehead State 70: Tyus Battle scored 23 points, Elijah Hughes had 21, and Oshae Brissett added 17 points and 13 rebounds for Syracuse (2-0), which opened the season with a 66-34 victory over Eastern Washington on Tuesday night. Paschal Chukwu also had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Next up for the Orange is a matchup with former Big East rival Connecticut on Thursday night.
Jordan Walker led Morehead State (1-2) with 24 points, including 19 in the second half. Lamontray Harris had 14 and Malek Green finished with 12.
(At) No. 24 Purdue 84, Ball State 75: Carsen Edwards scored 23 points on 8-for-22 shooting. Edwards struggled with his shooting stroke at times, but managed to contribute in a variety of ways. The junior guard also had five rebounds, five assists and blocked a shot.
Matt Haarms had 16 points for Purdue (2-0) despite batting foul trouble. Evan Boudreaux added 14 points and seven rebounds, and Nojel Eastern finished with 12 points and nine boards.
Tayler Persons led Ball State with 19 points and eight rebounds. But he was shut down after Purdue coach Matt Painter put Eastern on him in the second half.
The Cardinals (1-1) also got 13 points from K.J. Walton.
Eastern had six offensive rebounds, helping Purdue to a 40-29 edge on the boards.