Rebels Can't Connect At Buzzer In 61-59 Loss To Mississippi State
Feb 23, 2002
By RALPH D. RUSSO
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Marckell Patterson made two free throws with 6.7 seconds left to give Mississippi State a 61-59 victory over Mississippi on Saturday.
Jason Harrison hit a 12-foot jumper from the baseline for Ole Miss with 28 seconds left to tie the game at 59.
The Bulldogs (21-7, 8-6 Southeastern Conference) decided not to call a timeout, instead letting Patterson, who scored 13, create a play. After dribbling the clock down to about 10 seconds, the 6-foot-5 guard drove left, shot a fadeaway over David Sanders and drew the foul.
The Rebels (19-8, 8-6) got Aaron Harper, their top long-distance shooter, an open 3-point shot from the top of the circle with time winding down, but he hit the back of the rim and the buzzer went off.
Harper waved his arms in frustration after missing the open look.
The Bulldogs won their third straight and beat Ole Miss in Starkville for the fourth straight time.
Harper and Sanders each had 14 points, and Justin Reed had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Ole Miss.
Mario Austin scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half for Mississippi State and Michael Ignerski scored 11.
The in-state rivals are tied for second place in the SEC West. Alabama clinched the conference title by beating Florida on Saturday.
The teams have split two close games this season. The Rebels won the first meeting in January 66-59 in Oxford.
A record crowd of 10,645 packed Humphrey Coliseum to watch two teams that appear to be on their way to the NCAA tournament. The fans were loud and energetic and the play matched the electric atmosphere.
As always when the Bulldogs and Rebels get together, there was plenty of
bumping in the paint and scrambling after loose balls.
After 30 minutes of crisp, up-tempo play, the game bogged down in the final 10 minutes with baskets tough to come by for both teams.
Derrick Allen's jumper with 1:34 left pulled Ole Miss to within 59-57 and snapped the Rebels' eight-minute field-goal drought.
Sanders scored all of his points in the first half including a 3-pointer in the closing seconds that gave Ole Miss a 36-30 halftime lead.
After shooting 5-for-7, Sanders was 0-for-4 in the second half.
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