OXFORD, Miss. (AP)—Trevor Gaskins hit seven of Mississippi’s 13 3-pointers as the Rebels easily defeated Mississippi Valley State 97-63 on Saturday in the season opener for both teams.
Gaskins, a true freshman from Alpharetta, Ga., was making his first college appearance and finished one shot shy of the school record of eight 3-pointers in a game. The record was set by Keith Carter in 1998.
Gaskins finished with 21 points. Five Rebels scored in double digits—David Huertas scored 12, Kenny Williams had 11 and Dwayne Curtis and Chris Warren each scored 10.
Carl Lucas led Mississippi Valley State with 14 points. Eric Petty scored 13 and Wayne Parks added 12.
Ole Miss took control of the game with a 10-0 run that began at the 12:06 mark of the first half and expanded a 15-8 lead.
Gaskins hit a pair of 3-pointers on the run, and Ole Miss? lead was never smaller than 12 points after that.
The Rebels shot 56 percent in building a 41-24 halftime lead. MVSU got as close as 12 at the 17:11 mark of the second half, but Ole Miss responded with a 10-2 run.
The Rebels outrebounded MVSU 25-13 in the first half and 42-27 in the game. Williams had a game-high nine rebounds and Curtis had eight.