Mississippi 68, Alabama St. 44

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OXFORD, Miss. (AP)—Aaron Harper scored 21 points as Mississippi won its fifth straight game with a 68-44 victory over Alabama State on Tuesday night.

Harper was 8-for-15 from the field and had seven rebounds for the Rebels (7-3).

Justin Reed added 16 points, including 14 in the second half, and had eight rebounds.

Alabama State (2-7) was led by Malcolm Campbell, who had 12 points. Akeim Claborn had a game-high 11 rebounds.

The Rebels led 30-22 at halftime, highlighted by a 13-3 run that included back-to-back baskets by Harper on two occasions.

The Rebels limited Alabama State to 5-for-16 from the field in the first half.

Alabama State stayed close in the first half by making 8-of-11 free throws.

Ole Miss gradually pulled away in the second half, rolling off 14 consecutive points to build a 57-35 lead with 9:32 left.

Justin Reed opened the surge with a jumper, added an assist and finished the run with a dunk.

Alabama State never got closer than 20 points after that.

The Rebels were 28-for-55 from the field—a season-high 50.9 percent—and outrebounded Alabama State 34-29.

Alabama State was 15-for-46 from the field and cooled off considerably in the second half at the free throw line, connecting on only 1-of-10.

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