OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Marshall Henderson scored 22 points as Mississippi placed three players in double figures Friday night to defeat Mississippi Valley State 93-57 in the season opener for both teams.
Murphy Holloway scored 15 points with a game-high 11 rebounds while Reginald Buckner added 10 for the Rebels (1-0), who improved to 36-0 all-time against Southwestern Conference Athletic teams.
Mississippi Valley State (0-1) was led by Davon Usher with 19 points and six assists. The Delta Devils struggled from the field, managing only 32.2 percent (19 of 59), including 10 consecutive misses from three-point range in the first half.
Ole Miss shot 39.7 percent (31 of 78) from the field, but had a decisive edge from the free throw line, hitting 64 percent (25 of 39). The Rebels outrebounded Mississippi Valley State 53-44 and forced 23 turnovers.
Towson has lost six consecutive games and will be looking to get back to winning ways when it visits Delaware.
The Blue Hens, meanwhile, have won five of their first seven conference games and will be looking to keep pace in the competitive CAA when they host the Tigers at Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Del. on Saturday, Jan. 19.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m ET and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington Plus.
Towson at Delaware How to Watch
What: Towson Tigers at Delaware Blue Hens
Where: Bob Carpenter Center, Newark, Del.
When: 7 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington Plus (Channel Finder)
Towson at Delaware Preview
Conference: Colonial Athletic Association
Record: Towson (5-14, 1-5) Delaware (13-7, 5-2)
Last Game: 72-66 loss at Drexel, 1/17 (Towson), 76-69 win vs. James Madison, 1/17 (Delaware)
Leading Scorers: Brian Fobbs, 16.1 ppg (Towson), Eric Carter, 17.7 ppg (Delaware)
After weeks of twists and turns and not enough information for any Nationals fan's satisfaction, the Chicago Cubs seem to be out of the race for free agent Bryce Harper.
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant seemingly confirmed the news on Friday night from the opening ceremonies of the 2019 Cubs Convention.
"He's not signing here," Bryant said as he sat down with NBC Sports Chicago.
Though there have been no official reports of whether or not the Cubs are completely out in the race to sign Harper, a word from one of Harper's longtime friends shouldn't be brushed aside.
Bryant and Harper took the field together in the 2016 MLB All-Star game, and faced off in the 2017 NLDS Cubs-Nats matchup.
The pair have known each other since grade schoool, and played for rival high schools in Las Vegas. But despite their history, Bryant says that they haven't chatted much about the situation otherwise, choosing to focus on preserving their friendship.
"I never bring it up to him," Bryant admitted. "I try to be a good friend to him, and not talk about baseball when he doesn't want to talk about baseball."
"Whatever happens, I wish [him] the best."
You can see more of Bryant's interview with NBCSC below.
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