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.