GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Auburn 80, Mississippi 71

(AP Photo/Bruce Newman)

By CHRIS BURROWS
Associated Press

OXFORD, Miss. - Walker Kessler scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and No. 4 Auburn rallied from an early 14-point deficit to beat Mississippi 80-71.

In extending its winning streak to 13 games, Auburn (16-1, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) also got 15 points from Jabari Smith, and 14 from both K. D. Johnson and Wendell Green Jr.

Auburn used a 24-9 run over nine minutes - including four 3-pointers, two by Green, and three layups from Kessler - to take a commanding 71-60 lead with 4:09 remaining. After that, Ole Miss never got closer than four points.

Tye Fagan led Ole Miss (9-7, 1-3) with 17 points, while Nysier Brooks had 14 points and eight rebounds and Matthew Murrell had 13 points and eight rebounds.

The Rebels built a 38-24 first-half lead and led 44-38 at halftime. Auburn responded with a 7-0 run in the final minute of the first half, setting up the successful second-half surge.

Auburn shot 50% from the field (29 of 58), including 8 of 25 from 3-point range (5 of 13 in the second half). Ole Miss was 24 of 54 from the field for 44% shooting, along with eight 3-pointers and a perfect 15 of 15 from the free-throw line.


Auburn
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
W. Kessler F 32 9-11 2-2 0-1 5-10 1 7 4 0 3 20
J. Smith F 32 6-13 2-2 1-5 0-3 1 0 1 2 1 15
A. Flanigan G 30 3-7 0-0 0-1 0-1 1 0 0 1 2 6
K. Johnson G 26 4-8 3-4 3-7 0-3 2 0 3 1 3 14
Z. Jasper G 21 3-5 0-0 2-3 1-1 3 0 1 0 1 8
W. Green Jr.   29 3-8 6-6 2-5 0-5 7 0 1 1 3 14
D. Cambridge   12 0-3 1-2 0-3 1-1 0 0 0 0 1 1
J. Williams   8 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 1 0 2
D. Cardwell   7 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 2 0 0 1 0
Totals   197 29-58
(.500)
14-16
(.875)
8-25
(.320)
7-27 18 9 10 6 15 80


Ole Miss
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Brakefield F 26 4-9 2-2 0-1 3-5 5 0 0 2 2 10
N. Brooks C 35 6-9 2-2 0-0 4-8 1 1 0 4 3 14
M. Murrell G 38 3-10 4-4 3-8 1-8 2 0 0 1 0 13
D. Ruffin G 37 2-8 2-2 1-5 0-2 3 0 0 2 1 7
L. Rodriguez G 26 2-4 0-0 1-2 1-3 0 0 2 0 3 5
T. Fagan   24 6-11 3-3 2-3 1-2 3 0 1 4 1 17
S. Hunter   7 0-1 2-2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 2
A. Crowley   5 1-2 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Totals   198 24-54
(.444)
15-15
(1.000)
8-22
(.364)
10-32 14 1 3 14 10 71
Officials: Pat Adams, K.B. Burdett, Patrick Evans




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