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Men’s Basketball Dominates in Bahamas Finale Over Raw Talent Elite, 121-75

Men’s Basketball Dominates in Bahamas Finale Over Raw Talent Elite, 121-75


NASSAU, The Bahamas – Ole Miss men’s basketball dominated from wire-to-wire, breezing past Raw Talent Elite on Thursday afternoon, 121-75, to close out a successful 3-0 week of exhibition games as part of its foreign tour to The Bahamas.
 
The Rebels commanded every facet of the game, shooting 58 percent overall thanks in large part to a furious fastbreak offensive assault that dazzled with 19 fastbreak points and 23 points off 18 forced turnovers. Five Rebels were in double-digit scoring – James White (23), Jayveous McKinnis (17), TJ Caldwell (17), Malique Ewin (16) and Amaree Abram (10) – and all but one Rebel had at least five rebounds, helping lead Ole Miss to another monster rebounding margin of 63-33. The icing on the cake was an efficient and careful offense that tallied an assist/turnover spread of 25/10.
 
“That was the best that we played, and I thought that the day off where we watched about 45 minutes of tape and met as individual groups really helped us be more determined on the ball defensively,” said Ole Miss head coach Kermit Davis. “I thought that Amaree (Abram), TJ (Caldwell), Matt (Murrell), James (White) and Myles (Burns) all really were guarding the perimeter. I thought we had some good shot blocking, five guys in double figures, and I was just really proud of our freshmen. Malique Ewin having 16 and seven, Amaree and TJ both played good. James White just continues to fill up the stats. I think he’s scoring just because his assist-turnover rate is really great, rebounding is terrific. Theo (Akwuba) with 12 rebounds and five blocks, he and Jay (Jayveous McKinnis) both were really good around the rim. It was just a good trip. Now we take off two weeks, make sure everybody gets home safely and enjoy time with their families, then we gotta get back and go to work.”
 
For the third straight game, sophomore James White took command of the Rebel offense with another 20-point outing, dropping 23 points on 11-of-17 shooting with seven rebounds, five assists and one steal. Most impressively, he did so in the fewest minutes he’s played in Nassau so far at just 23 on Thursday. Overall in the tour, White averaged 23.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists while shooting 32-of-50 overall (.640) – all from within the three-point arc.
 
But the story on Thursday was that of a slew of Rebel…

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