Mississippi Turns It On In The Second Half To Defeat Auburn, 69-65

Jan 9, 2002

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OXFORD, Miss. - Justin Reed scored 21 points and Aaron Harper had 10, including a key 3-pointer with just under 3 minutes left, as Mississippi rallied to defeat Auburn 69-65 on Wednesday night.

Harper's 100th career three-pointer gave Ole Miss (12-3, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) a 60-57 lead with 2:58 left.

The Rebels, who trailed by 20 in the first half, made 7-of-8 free throws in the final 56 seconds to complete the comeback.

Jason Harrison had 14 points and Derrick Allen had 13 for Ole Miss. Harper grabbed 10 rebounds.

Derrick Byrd led Auburn (8-5, 0-2) with 17 points, Marco Killingsworth had 11 and Brandon Robinson 10.

Reed, the Rebels' leading scorer, was coming off a two-point performance in a loss to Tennessee on Sunday. He bounced back going 7-for-18 from the field and 6-for-7 from the line with eight rebounds.

His baseline jumper with 2:21 left gave Ole Miss a 62-57 lead.

Auburn dominated the first 10 minutes, opening with eight consecutive points en route to a 27-7 lead.

Ole Miss answered with a 14-0 run to cut the lead to 27-21 with 5:55 left. Harrison had two baskets, two steals and an assist to spark the rally. Auburn broke the surge with consecutive dunks by Robinson.

The Tigers led 35-28 at halftime, limiting Ole Miss to 9-of-27 from the field. The Rebels, the SEC leaders in three-point percentage, were held to 3-of-12 on 3s in the first half.

Ole Miss evened the score at 52 with 7:25 left on Allen's layup, capping an 8-1 run.

After Robinson hit a free throw, the Rebels took their first lead, 54-53, on a pair of free throws by Harrison with 6:24 left.

Harper's milestone 3-pointer put Ole Miss ahead to stay.

 

 

Auburn pulled within 64-63 on Adam Harrington's 3-pointer with 39 seconds left.

The Tigers made 9-of-20 from 3-point range, but missed two in the final 25 seconds while Ole Miss put it away at the line.

The Rebels were 20-for-24 from the line, including 6-for-6 from Harrison.

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