By Parrish Alford
OXFORD – Breein Tyree went in search of a little cheese with his whine.
What he got was a discussion on patience, and that paid off for the Ole Miss freshman against Baylor when his big plays down the stretch kept the Rebels in position for a possible upset win against the fifth-ranked Bears.
The Rebels fell short, but Tyree had the best game of his young career with 20 points on 6 for 9 shooting. He was 2 for 3 from 3-point range and 6 for 6 from the free throw line.
The effects of last spring’s ACL tear are becoming less noticeable, and so are the pains of youth.
“Physically he’s in a good place,” Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. “He hasn’t had any setbacks as it relates to the injury. Now we’re just going through freshman growth … up, down, up down.”
The Rebels need Tyree, a three-star signee from Somerset, New Jersey, to be up for back-to-back games. Ole Miss (12-9, 3-5 SEC) concludes a three-game homestand tonight at 6 against rival Mississippi State.
Cleared to play shortly after the start of the season, Tyree is averaging 4.9 points, 1.9 assists and 14.9 minutes.
He started the last five games and played 29 minutes against Baylor.
Tyree took a big step forward against Tennessee when he had 15 points and six assists in 30 minutes. He had only nine points and four assists over his next two games, however.
The knee and his confidence are both getting stronger, and that should help his consistency.
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