Josiah Schueneman, 23 Sports Reporter

Coming off earning SEC player of the week honors, Kassius Robertson dropped 27 points on 5 of 9 shooting from 3-point range and Jontay Porter added 18 points along with 13 rebounds and five blocks off the bench as the Tigers defeated the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford, Miss., on Tuesday night by a score of 75-69.

Robertson and Porter had to carry the bulk of the load offensively for Missouri as Jordan Barnett and Jeremiah Tilmon combined for a meager 1 of 10 from the field. Kevin Puryear was solid for the Tigers as he poured in 12 points and pulled down 6 rebounds. Jordan Geist added 10 points and 6 assists off the bench.

Terence Davis poured in 20 points for the Rebels and Bruce Stevens put up 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Markel Crawford scored 11 points, dished out 6 assists, and recorded 5 steals while Breein Tyree notched 9 points off the bench. Leading scorer Deandre Burnett was neutralized as he had just 5 points on just 2 of 9 shooting from the field.

The Rebels got off to a fast start in the first half as they took an early 11-0 lead. Despite the start, it would be short-lived as the Tigers would answer with a 10-2 run. After that, Ole Miss missed eight straight shots midway through the half and Missouri went on a furious 20-3 run. The Tigers were on fire from the 3-point line in the first half, hitting 7 of 14 from beyond the arc. Jontay Porter was huge as he had 12 points and four assists. The Tigers led 40-31 going into halftime.

In the second half, Ole Miss scored a quick 6 points and got back into the ballgame. From then on, it was a back-and-forth affair with both teams trading baskets. Jontay Porter got into foul trouble with 8:30 left and had to sit with four fouls. Jeremiah Tilmon also had to come out with three fouls. Despite the foul issues, Missouri continued to have success as Kassius Robertson scored 12 of the Tigers’ 14 points during a five-minute stretch. The second half had four lead changes and four ties. Kevin Puryear, Jontay Porter, and Jordan Geist all knocked down key free throws down the stretch to help the Tigers pull away for the victory.

With the win, the Tigers made it three straight wins and won consecutive road conference games for the first time since joining the SEC in 2012. The Tigers look to extend their winning streak to four as they head back home to host Mississippi State this Saturday.