Rebels Get Back On Track With 91-88 Home Win Over Alabama

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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Chris Warren scored 25 points and Dwayne Curtis added 24, including a pair of decisive free throws with 16 seconds left Saturday as Ole Miss defeated Alabama 91-88.

Curtis, who finished with nine rebounds, converted two free throws with 16.9 seconds left to give the Rebels (19-9, 5-9) a 91-86 lead. Alabama's Demetrius Jamison hit a jumper to cut the margin to 91-88 with 7.9 seconds left.

Alabama's Senario Hillman came up with a steal and missed a three-point shot, rebounded by Curtis with 2.5 seconds left followed by a stoppage of the clock. Game officials conferred and after using a stop watch, determined the game ended with Curtis in possession of the defensive rebound.

The bizarre finish overshadowed an Alabama rally that nearly erased a 15-point deficit, 81-66, in the final 2:03. The Crimson Tide (15-14, 4-10) hit seven consecutive field goals and three free throws before Hillman's final game-tying attempt with six seconds left.

David Huertas scored 18 points and nine rebounds for the Rebels, who kept their slim NCAA Tournament hopes alive by winning for the second time in the past three starts.The game was tied 38-38 at halftime.

Mykal Riley led five Alabama players in double figures with 20 points. Jamison had 17 points, Rico Pickett and Hillman had 13 each, while Richard Hendrix had 10 points.

The Rebels shot a sizzling 18-of-24 from the field, 75 percent, in the second half, but needed six consecutive free throws by Curtis and Warren in the final minutes to preserve the win.


 

 

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