Local Teams


National Basketball Association
BOXSCORE | RECAP
Mississippi 70, Florida 54
When: 7:00 PM ET, Monday, January 24, 2022
Where: The Sandy and John Black Pavilion at Ole Miss, Oxford, Mississippi
Officials: # Brian Dorsey, # Jason Baker, # Steve Oglesby
Attendance: 6273

Daeshun Ruffin sparked Ole Miss' offense with a career-high 21 points as the Rebels broke their four-game Southeastern Conference losing streak in a 70-54 win over Florida Monday night in Oxford, Miss.

In a game rescheduled from Dec. 29 due to Florida's COVID-19 issues, the Rebels (10-9, 2-5 SEC) snapped a 22-22 halftime tie by rushing out on an 8-0 run, never trailing in the half and winning for just the second time in their last eight games.

The win improved their record to 31-23 over Florida (12-7, 3-4) at home.

The school's first McDonald's All-American recruit, Ruffin keyed the Rebels' second-half output -- 48 points -- with 15 points. He also tallied six assists and four steals for the game.

Matthew Murrell notched 20 points on 8 of 12 shooting with three treys, and Nysier Brooks produced 11 points and seven rebounds. Luis Rodriguez had 10 points and seven rebounds.

A four-point home underdog, Ole Miss shook off a cold first half by finishing 25 of 48 from the field (52.1 percent) and held a 23-13 advantage in points off turnovers.

Big man Jason Jitoboh posted 12 points (6-for-6 shooting) and five rebounds for Florida, which had its three-game winning streak snapped -- all in SEC play.

Anthony Duruji and Tyree Appleby each had 11 points and four rebounds.

The Gators made 19 of 50 shots (38 percent), including a woeful 4-for-29 (13.8 percent) from distance.

Colin Castleton -- Florida's top scorer, rebounder and shot blocker -- was out for the third consecutive game with a shoulder injury.

The Gators made 5 of 10 shots in the first half's opening nine minutes, leading to a 15-10 advantage, with Phlandrous Fleming Jr. pacing the team with five points.

With Ole Miss missing 11 of its first 16 shots from the floor, the visitors were able to craft a 19-12 lead at 8:18 on free throws by Kowacie Reeves.

But a 10-3 run by the Rebels left the game tied at 22 at the break.

Both teams shot 32 percent from the field in the half and were cold from long range: Florida made just 2 of 15 while Ole Miss was 2 of 9.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Florida   Mississippi
Jason Jitoboh 12 Scoring Daeshun Ruffin 21
Tyree Appleby 4 Assists Daeshun Ruffin 6
Jason Jitoboh 5 Rebounds Nysier Brooks 7
Kowacie Reeves 5 Free Throws Made Daeshun Ruffin 9
Phlandrous Fleming Jr. 1 Steals Daeshun Ruffin 4
Tuongthach Gatkek 1 Blocks Nysier Brooks 1
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Florida 54 38.0 4-29 12-14 14 26 3 4 14
Mississippi 70 52.1 4-13 16-20 17 27 1 8 10