OXFORD, Miss. – Kamar Baldwin scored 31 points and No. 24 Butler remained unbeaten with a 67-58 win over Mississippi on Tuesday night.
Baldwin shot 11 of 16 from the field, including 4 for 5 from 3-point range, to lead the Bulldogs (8-0). He added six rebounds and three assists. Jordan Tucker and Bryce Nze each had eight points for Butler, and Nze grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
Breein Tyree scored 22 points and Khadim Sy added 12 for Ole Miss (5-3).
After trailing 31-22 at halftime and 50-34 midway through the second half, the Rebels pulled to 52-48 on Tyree's layup with 9:11 left. Butler answered with an 8-3 run, highlighted by six points from Baldwin, and the Rebels never got closer than seven again.
The Bulldogs finished 27 of 47 (51%) from the floor, including 8 for 17 (47%) on 3s, and forced 17 turnovers.
The Rebels shot 22 of 55 (40%) from the field, including a combined 14 for 25 from Tyree and Sy. Ole Miss was 7 of 22 (31%) from beyond the 3-point line and a season-low 7 for 15 (46%) at the free throw line.
Sy, a 6-foot-10 junior college transfer, had his best performance of the season – including three dunks in the first half.
Picked to finish eighth in the Big East preseason coach's poll, the Bulldogs appear to be much better than predicted. They raced to a 22-8 lead and never trailed as Baldwin had 12 points in the first half while missing only one shot from the field.
The Bulldogs play at home against Florida on Saturday, the team's third SEC opponent in a four-game stretch.
LOYOLA OF CHICAGO 70, BALL STATE 58: In Muncie, Cameron Krutwig had 14 points, nine rebounds and four assists for Loyola of Chicago.
Tate Hall had 14 points and six rebounds for Loyola of Chicago (5-4). Keith Clemons added 13 points. Lucas Williamson had 10 points for the visiting team.
Ishmael El-Amin scored a career-high 24 points and had six rebounds for the Cardinals (4-4). Tahjai Teague added 14 points and nine rebounds. He also had nine turnovers.
INDIANA WESLEYAN 74, SAINT FRANCIS 73: At the Hutzell Athletic Center, Warsaw product Kyle Mangas grabbed an offensive rebound off a missed 3-pointer and scored with a second remaining to lift the Wildcats in a battle of Crossroads League rivals.
Austin Compton scored with 1:35 remaining to put the Cougars up 73-72, but Saint Francis (10-2, 0-2 CL) missed its final two shots.
Guard Antwaan Cushingberry led the Cougars with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting, guard Connor Lautzenheiser added 14 points and 10 rebounds, Jeffrey Reynolds had 12, and Compton had 11.
Mangas finished with a game-high 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting and added nine rebounds for Indiana Wesleyan (8-2, 1-1), which overcame a 66-60 deficit with 7:32 remaining in the game.
Mangas scored the final nine points of the game and has now scored 20-plus points in nine straight games this season.