Mississippi 77, Murray St. 61

Zach Graham scored a career-high 22 points and Nick Williams

added 21 as Mississippi cruised to a 77-61 victory over Murray

State on Wednesday night.

Graham, a 6-foot-6 senior, made 6 of 11 shots from the field,

including 3 of 4 from 3-point range. He was also 7 of 7 from the

free-throw line.

Williams, a transfer from Indiana playing just his second game

with the Rebels, made 7 of 10 from the field. The 6-foot-4

sophomore added six rebounds and two assists.

Ole Miss (2-0) made 22 of 23 free throws (95.7 percent) and led

by as many as 23 late in the second half.

The Rebels dominated in the paint, outscoring the Racers 34-17

and outrebounding them 39-30. Sophomore Reggie Buckner blocked

three shots.

Murray State (1-1), which returned three starters from a team

that made the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season, shot

just 30.2 percent from the field (16 of 53) and trailed 34-23 at

halftime. Isaiah Canaan led the Racers with 15 points. Donte Poole

added 12 and Jeffrey McClain scored 11.

The Racers jumped out to an early six-point lead, but fought

foul trouble throughout the game. Ole Miss went on a 11-0 run

midway through the first half to take a 21-14 lead and the Rebels

never trailed again. Graham and Williams scored a combined seven

points during that crucial run.

Chris Warren’s school-record streak of 46 straight games with a

3-pointer ended. The Mississippi senior finished with 10 points. He

missed all four of his attempts from beyond the arc – including one

in the final seconds.

Ole Miss is now 39-1 at home in non-conference games under

fifth-year coach Andy Kennedy. The Rebels are 19-5 all-time against

teams from the Ohio Valley Conference.