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Mississippi tops South Carolina 65-49

3248 days ago
Associated Press

OXFORD, Miss. -- Jarvis Summers scored 20 points, Stefan Moody added 16 and Mississippi beat South Carolina 65-49 on Saturday.

Moody scored all of his points, including three 3-pointers, in the second half to lead the Rebels to a relatively easy victory. Sebastian Saiz added 10 points and five rebounds.

Ole Miss (10-5, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) never trailed, though South Carolina tied the game at 33 early in the second half. The Rebels responded with five straight points and the Gamecocks never seriously threatened again.

South Carolina (9-5, 0-2) has lost two straight following a seven-game winning streak. Tyrone Johnson led the Gamecocks with 13 points.

South Carolina shot just 18 of 48 (37.5 percent) from the field, including 4 of 20 (20 percent) from 3-point range.

The Rebels led 7-6 with 15:42 remaining in the first half when a power outage delayed the game for 23 minutes. It's at least the second time in the last three years Tad Smith Coliseum has lost power during a game -- one of many reasons the outdated facility is being replaced next season with a new arena that's being built across the street.

Ole Miss led the entire first half, pushing their advantage to 28-16 on a Saiz dunk before the Rebels settled for a 33-27 lead at halftime.

South Carolina made three straight baskets to tie the game early in the second half, but Ole Miss responded with a 17-7 run to jump back into control with a 50-40 advantage.

Summers finished just 5 of 14 from the field, but made 2 of 3 from 3-point range and 8 of 9 free throws.

Ole Miss lost its SEC opener earlier in the week, but had good reason to come into the game with confidence. The Rebels played No. 1 Kentucky tough on the road before falling 89-86 in overtime.


During the 23-minute power outage, the Ole Miss Athletic Foundation sent out a tweet that joked about the "annual `Lights Out" game on campus. It also solicited donations for the new arena on campus. ... South Carolina has won just once in 13 tries in Oxford. That was an 80-77 victory back in 2008. ... Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy and South Carolina coach Frank Martin are longtime friends dating back to their time as assistant coaches under Bob Huggins at Cincinnati.


Ole Miss hosts LSU on Wednesday.
South Carolina hosts Alabama on Tuesday.