Rebels Fall To Ranked Gamecocks In Overtime
Jan. 19, 2016

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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Senior Stefan Moody scored a team-high 24 points and became the 38th player in Ole Miss history to reach 1,000-career points, but the Rebels fell to No. 18 South Carolina 77-74 in overtime Tuesday.

The Gamecocks rallied from a double-digit deficit in the second half to force overtime and knock off Ole Miss. 

Michael Carrera delivered for South Carolina, scoring 19 points, 17 after halftime. Laimonas Chatkevicius added 17 and 10 rebounds.

Ole Miss led 64-53 with 5:17 remaining in regulation, but South Carolina slowly fought back, tying the game at 66 with 43 seconds left on a layup by Carrera.

Carrera also made the most important play in overtime, hitting a layup while getting fouled. He converted the free throw to give South Carolina a 75-72 lead with 29.3 seconds left.

South Carolina (17-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) had four players score in double figures.

The 5-11 Moody has scored at least 20 points in 13 straight games. He became the 38th player in Ole Miss history to score 1,000 career points, needing just 52 games to accomplish the feat.

But the senior left the game with about 5 minutes remaining in regulation with an apparent left hamstring injury and Ole Miss was never the same. Moody returned, but moved gingerly and didn't score again, lacking his usual explosiveness.

His injury was too much for an already hobbled Ole Miss team to overcome.

"To beat a ranked team -- an SEC game -- somebody has got to make a play," said Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy. "We didn't do that."

Ole Miss was playing its first game without forward Sebastian Saiz, who is averaging 12.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. He had surgery to repair a detached retina earlier Tuesday and is out indefinitely.

The Rebels did fine without him for most of the game. Perez made four 3-pointers in the first half and Ole Miss took a 39-29 lead into halftime when Moody hit a step back, rainbow 3-pointer over two defenders at the buzzer.


 

 

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