No. 22 Rebels Suffer First Home Loss Of Season

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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Dominique Archie scored 20 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left, and South Carolina upset No. 22 Ole Miss 80-77 on Saturday.

Devan Downey led the Gamecocks (11-10, 2-5 SEC) with 25 points, and capped the win with a pair of technical foul free throws with 1.1 seconds left. South Carolina has won two straight after knocking off Georgia earlier in the week.

That Downey would score the final points was particularly fitting.

Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy's final game as coach of Cincinnati occurred against South Carolina in the 2006 National Invitation Tournament. Kennedy took the job at Mississippi moments afterward, and Downey - his prized pupil with the Bearcats - transferred to South Carolina.

Dwayne Curtis had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Rebels (16-4, 3-4), becoming the 30th player to score more than 1,000 career points at Ole Miss. Chris Warren and Zach Graham had 14 points apiece, and David Huertas finished with 13 for Ole Miss, which was coming off a big win over No. 18 Vanderbilt and lost at home for the first time in the last 19 games at Tad Smith Coliseum.

Huertas hit a 3-pointer that gave Ole Miss a 77-75 lead with 1:25 left. South Carolina forced another miss by the Rebels with 39 seconds left, setting up Archie's 3-pointer.

The Rebels hurried to the front court for a final shot, but Warren stepped out of bounds with just over a second to play.

South Carolina led 39-34 after a first half that was back-and-forth, with each team meticulously building a lead only to let it slip away.


 

 

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