Mississippi Downs Auburn, 79-72

Jan. 15, 2005

Box Score

By JOHN ZENOR
AP Sports Writer

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Marvin Moore doubled his career highs with 23 points and 12 rebounds and Mississippi shot 64 percent in a 79-72 victory over Auburn on Saturday.

Londrick Nolen scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half as the Rebels (11-6, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) kept the Tigers (9-7, 0-3) winless in the league.

Mississippi led just 60-59 with 6:50 to play but went on a 19-6 run to win its second straight SEC game, leading by as many as 14 points before Auburn scored seven straight in the final minute.

Nolen, replaced in the starting lineup with Moore, had 11 points in a 4-minute span, exchanging frequent taunts with the crowd after shooting an airball on a free throw.

Moore's previous career bests were 10 points and six rebounds, but he dominated against Division I's smallest lineup, which was depleted even further by foul troubles. The 6-foot-6 senior made 10-of-13 shots and had seven offensive boards.

Nolen had nine rebounds while Justin Johnson had 11 points, all in the second half.

Toney Douglas led Auburn with 22 points while Quinnel Brown had 18 and Ian Young 14.

The Rebels made 18 of 26 shots in the second half to overcome 21 turnovers. Auburn shot just 44 percent and finished with five players with at least three fouls, often having a lineup where the tallest player was 6-3.

The Tigers led 33-29 at halftime but fouls took their toll against the bigger Rebels. Auburn, which mostly relies on seven players, had four with at least two fouls in the first half.

Moore had 12 points and eight rebounds by halftime, but Ole Miss made just 6 of 13 free throws. The Rebels atoned by hitting their last eight from the line in the closing minutes.

The Tigers have lost seven of their last 11.


 

 

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