Ole Miss falls to 1-4 in the SEC with loss at South Carolina

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COLUMBIA, SC – Chris Silva scored a career high 16 points and tied his best with 11 rebounds to lead South Carolina to a 67-56 win over Mississippi on Saturday night.

The Gamecocks (14-3, 4-0 Southeastern) are off to their best league start since the 1997 team, which won South Carolina’s only SEC regular season title.

PJ Dozier added 16 points for the Gamecocks, who never trailed despite missing 10 straight shots at one point in the first half.

But the Rebels (10-7, 1-4) were shooting just as poorly and turning the ball over more. And when Ole Miss went the final 4:06 of the first half without a point, the Gamecocks lead grew from 25-20 to 34-20 at the break.

Mississippi was missing its leading scorer, Deandre Burnett, who sat on the bench with a boot on his leg. The junior averages 18 points a game. Cullen Neal led Mississippi with 12 points.