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Warren, Mississippi beat Southern Miss 86-81

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OXFORD, Miss. — Chris Warren scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half as Mississippi rallied to beat previously unbeaten Southern Miss 86-81 on Saturday night.

Ole Miss trailed 71-65 with 7:30 remaining, but went on a 15-5 run to take an 80-76 lead just four minutes later. The rally was punctuated by Warren's back-to-back 3-pointers, which turned a four-point deficit into a two-point lead.

Zach Graham added 16 points while Nick Williams scored 13 and Dundrecous Nelson 11.

The Ole Miss frontcourt was in foul trouble for a large chunk of the game, so coach Andy Kennedy decided to go small, often using four guards on the floor. The result was a 38-30 rebounding deficit, but the Rebels made up for that by spacing the floor and getting good shots for the guards — especially Warren.

The 5-foot-10 senior made 4 of 9 from 3-point range and hit all six of his free throws. The prolific scoring is nothing new for Warren — he needs just 18 more points to become the 11th player in school history with 1,500 career points.

Ole Miss was 8 for 21 from 3-point range (38.1 percent). The Rebels also used a full-court pressure that rattled the Golden Eagles, forcing them into 22 turnovers.

Ole Miss (4-2) went on a 10-0 run early in the first half that contributed to a 44-34 halftime lead. But that lead disappeared quickly as Southern Miss pulled within 47-46 just three minutes into the second half.

Southern Miss (5-1) lost for the ninth straight time in Oxford. The Golden Eagles were led by R.L. Horton's 20 points. Gary Flowers scored 19 and Angelo Johnson added 17.

Southern Miss shot 50 percent from the field (25 of 50), including 61.5 percent in the second half (16 of 26) to get back into the game. D.J. Newbill had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.