Mississippi 64, Jacksonville State 56
OXFORD, Miss. (AP)—Justin Reed scored 21 points and Mississippi pulled away in the final five minutes Monday for a 64-56 victory over Jacksonville State.
Reed, who averages 18 points and 10 rebounds, had scored only 11 points in his previous two contests.
The senior forward broke out of his mini-slump by going 8-for-12 from the field while adding a game-high seven rebounds and three assists for the Rebels (5-3). Aaron Harper added 14 points, hitting 7-for-9 from the free throw line.
James Denson had 18 points, including 12 in the first half, to lead the Gamecocks (5-4).
Jacksonville State was within 47-46 with 5:49 left.
The Rebels outscored Jacksonville State 17-10 down the stretch to win their third straight game.
The clubs were tied 28-28 at halftime.
Ole Miss opened the second half with an 8-0 run. Reed’s jumper capped the run with 17:30 left and Jacksonville State never led again.
The Gamecocks tied it 39-39 with 12 minutes left on Josh Perry’s jumper, but Reed responded with consecutive baskets to rebuild the Ole Miss lead.
The Rebels put it away with a 7-1 run with four minutes remaining to go up 56-49.
Reed had a pair of baskets in the run and Harper hit his first 3-point shot to finish it.
Ole Miss hit 5-of-6 free throws in the final 45 seconds to preserve the win. The Rebels were 21-for-45 from the field, but only 4-for-17 from 3-point range.
Jacksonville State was hampered by 16 turnovers, including 11 in the second half.