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WATCH: Kermit Davis, Terence Davis discuss Rebels’ road win at Illinois State, what lies ahead this week

Ole Miss earned its first true road win of the 2018 season with an 81-74 victory over Illinois State on Saturday. The Rebels struggled mightily on the road in 2017, posting a mark of 1-10 in true road contests. The team is 1-1 in two road games this year with the loss coming at Butler on November 16, a game in which the Rebels pushed the Bulldogs to the finish and led late in the second half.

Breein Tyree led all scorers with 22 points, inducing 17 in the second half in the win over the Redbirds. Terence Davis added 20 points of his own.

“It was a booster,” Terence Davis said. “Anytime you go into someone else’s home and come out with a win you feel great about yourself. I feel like this team, even though we played some bad a games on the road last year and couldn’t win games on the road, I feel like we have guys that enjoy playing road games. It feels more energetic when we go into someone else’s building.”

Ole Miss plays two games this week. One in Jackson Wednesday night against Southeastern Louisiana at the Mississippi Coliseum, and then a game at home against Chattanooga on Sunday. Kermit Davis is pleased with the progress of his 6-2 team to this point, but has a pretty clear idea of how far Ole Miss has to go to get to where it wants to be as it hits the home stretch of non conference play and transitions into its SEC slate.

“I like the progress of our team,” head coach Kermit Davis said. “We watched tape this morning for an hour and a half of the game. I think there is still so much more room to grow. The last four minutes we had six turnovers and a technical foul. That is unacceptable. Those kinds of things. We went through periods where our play wasn’t that great, but also had periods where it was. I am proud of our team.”

Tipoff on Wednesday is set for P.M.

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