Rebels Drop Nail Biter To No. 5 Baylor



Jan. 28, 2017

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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Senior Sebastian Saiz posted a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds and freshman Breein Tyree added 20 points, including 18  in the second half, but Ole Miss dropped a nail biter to No. 5 Baylor 78-75 in the Big 12-SEC Challenge Saturday.

Baylor (20-1) rallied from a 15-point deficit in the first half to win its fifth straight game. The Bears trailed 50-40 early in the second half, but pushed ahead to take their first lead at 56-54 with 10:25 left after Motley made a pair of free throws.

It was a close game from that point forward.Manu Lecomte hit his decisive 3-pointer with 23 seconds left, making it 78-72.

Lecomte shot 6 of 9 from the field, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range.

"We had some good looks and Manu is a good shooter and somebody who is capable of going 5 for 6," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "Whenever he shoots we think it's going in. We're blessed he made them today."

Ole Miss (12-9) dominated early on and jumped out to a 33-18 lead with 6:33 remaining in the first half. The Rebels used a 1-3-1 zone defense that bothered Baylor for a big chunk of the game.

But the Bears played much better in the second half, shooting 14 of 26 (53.8 percent) from the field.

"It was really the first time we've played against a zone like that, so it was kind of weird at first," Lecomte said. "But we figured it out."

But a few crucial Ole Miss turnovers in the final minutes — along with Lecomte's big shot — helped Baylor escape with the victory. The Bears were also dominant on the glass with a 37-27 rebounding edge.

"This is the second game in a row at home that we get destroyed on the glass," Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said.


 

 

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