After averaging 19.5 points-per-game and leading the Ole Miss men's basketball team to a pair of victories over Top 15 teams, senior guard Terence Davis Monday was named SEC Player of the Week by the conference office.
Davis collected his second weekly conference accolade after becoming SEC Player of the week as a sophomore.
Davis recorded team highs in points (27) and rebounds (12), earning the first double-double by a Rebel this season, as Ole Miss upset then No. 10 Auburn 82-67 on Wednesday, Jan. 9.
It was the 19th 20-point game of his career and moved Davis into the top 25 of the Ole Miss all-time scoring list. With the help of four three-pointers, the senior moved into the Ole Miss top 10 in threes made for a career as well.
Davis hit two more Saturday, going five of 10 from the floor for 12 points in the 81-77 victory at No. 14 Mississippi State.
The win marked the first time Ole Miss beat back-to-back ranked teams since the 2002-03 season.
Shooting 50.6 percent from the floor this season, Davis ranks fifth in the SEC among qualifiers and averages 15.7 points-per-game, which is seventh in the SEC.
The Southaven native is also shooting 42 percent from beyond the arc and 74.4 percent at the free throw line. Davis leads the Rebels in assists (3.5 per game), ranking 10th in the conference, as well as rebounds (5.6 per game). On the defensive side, he is second on the team in both steals (19) and blocks (14).
Riding a 10-game winning streak, their longest in 11 seasons, Davis and the Rebels return home this week for a pair of SEC matchups at The Pavilion. Ole Miss hosts LSU Tuesday night at 8 p.m. before welcoming Arkansas to town on Saturday (Jan. 19) at noon.
Of note, Tuesday’s game is Terence Davis Poster Night at the Pavilion.
HUSTLE SWEEP WEEKEND PAIR: The Memphis Hustle defeated the Texas Legends 120-103 Saturday night at the Landers Center to sweep a back-to-back home weekend.
Memphis moves to 16-10 on the season and the Legends had their losing streak extended to eight. The Hustle remained in fourth place in the NBA G League’s Western Conference.
Saturday night, Tyler Harvey tied a Hustle record with eight three-pointers, including five in the second half, to help hold off Texas’ comeback attempt. Harvey finished with 28 points, one point shy of tying his career high.
Two-way player Jarnell Stokes (20 points, 12 rebounds) posted his second straight 20-point outing and recorded his first double-double in a Hustle uniform. Dusty Hannahs and Tarik Phillip dropped in 14 points apiece. Marcus Keene (11 points) and Kyle Casey (10 points) also reached double figures off the bench.
Former Memphis Grizzlies guard Wade Baldwin IV paced the Legends with 24 points to go with six boards and three assists. Another former Grizzlies guard, Xavier Rathan-Mayes, scored 14 points for the Legends.
Friday night, the Hustle opened the weekend by defeating Agua Caliente Clippers 119-116 in a tight game that featured 24 lead changes and 12 ties. Harvey put a dent in the Clippers’ hopes with a 20-footer for the game’s final basket with 9.4 seconds left.
Grizzlies assignee Ivan Rabb led all scorers with 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting to go with seven rebounds, three assists and three blocks. Stokes had a rousing Hustle debut, providing a spark off the bench and posting 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Harvey finished with 19 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals. Tarik Phillip also had a productive line, recording 15 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals.
The Hustle will complete a four-game home stand Tuesday night when the team takes on the South Bay Lakers for the third time this season at 7 p.m.
HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS: Among Friday’s boys prep basketball action, Hernando stopped Horn Lake 57-47, despite 13 points from Horn Lake’s D.J. McKnight. Olive Branch, Southaven and Magnolia Heights also claimed Friday boys’ basketball victories.
Zuri Dunlap scored 24 for Hernando in the Lady Tigers’ 55-40 district win over Horn Lake, a victory that moved Hernando to 16-5 overall and 3-0 in district play. Olive Branch, Northpoint Christian, DeSoto Central and Magnolia Heights were also winners in girls basketball.
In soccer, Ivan Gonzalez’s three-goal hat trick led Center Hill to a 4-0 boys victory over Lake Cormorant. Meanwhile, Mallory Gaines scored eight goals in Center Hill’s 13-0 girls soccer win. Hernando defeated DeSoto Central in boys soccer and DeSoto Central edged Hernando in girls soccer play.
HAYES LEADS LADY RAIDERS: Middle Tennessee State guard A’Queen Hayes of Horn Lake led three Lady Raiders in double figures in a 75-38 women’s basketball victory over Louisiana Tech on Saturday. Hayes scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for MTSU, which improved to 13-4 overall and 4-0 in Conference USA play. Hayes late Monday was named C-USA Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week.