King leads Middle Tennessee to win over Ole Miss

NASHVILLE – Nick King scored 25 points and Brandon Walters added a career-high 20 as Middle Tennessee won its fifth straight with a 77-58 victory over Mississippi on Saturday nigh.

Middle Tennessee (7-1) improved to 7-0 against Power Five Conference opponents from the SEC and Big Ten since 2015.

Walters hit 8 of 11 from the field and all four of his foul shots. The 6-foot-10 forward blocked four shots and made four steals. Giddy Potts added 14 points, including three 3-pointers.

Middle Tennessee trailed 34-33 at halftime before opening the second half with an 8-0 surge to take a 41-34 lead and it pulled away from there.

Blue Raiders point guard Tyrik Dixon, limited to six minutes due to a bone bruise in his knee in Wednesday’s win at Vanderbilt, had a career-high nine assists and no turnovers.

Marcanvis Hymon led Ole Miss (4-4) with 12 points.

The Rebels lost their third consecutive game, including two overtime setbacks.

Ole Miss’ Bruce Stevens and Terence Davis added 10 points each.

Middle Tennessee improved to 6-3 against Ole Miss. Middle Tennessee won’t be back in the Murphy Center for 33 days, the nation’s fourth-longest road stretch.

The Blue Raiders’ next home game is Jan. 11 against Louisiana Tech.