The first two times Ole Miss faced Kentucky under Kermit Davis, the Rebels battled for 40 minutes before the Wildcats escaped with a narrow victory. Tuesday night, the third time proved to be the charm as Ole Miss (14-10, 9-8 SEC) took down Kentucky 70-62 in The Pavilion. The victory was the first over the Wildcats (8-15, 7-9 SEC) since 2011, snapping an 11-game losing skid in the series.
Devontae Shuler led the way with his 17 points and 7 assists, while KJ Buffen stepped up in a big way. The junior forward scored 16 points and added 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. Romello White added a double-double of his own with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Coming off the bench, Sammy Hunter had his best game as a Rebel. The Nassau, Bahamas, native scored a career-high 11 points that included making 3 of 5 from beyond the arc. The Rebels also went 16 for 19 from the charity stripe (84.2 percent), a stat that proved crucial down the stretch after a back-and-forth affair.
Ole Miss head basketball coach Kermit Davis along with Sammy Hunter, fresh off his career high night, spoke postgame about the big win. Video is courtesy of Ole MIss Sports Productions.