Mississippi 85, New Orleans 77
OXFORD, Miss. (AP)—Jermey Parnell and Bam Doyne scored 16 points apiece to lift Mississippi to an 85-77 win over New Orleans on Thursday.
Ole Miss (7-1) is off to its best start since 2000, when the Rebels started 11-0 en route to a Southeastern Conference Western Division title.
Kenny Williams and Eniel Polynice each added 15 points for Mississippi, which shot a season-best 29-of-54 from the field.
Ole Miss was 21-of-27 from the free throw line, including 13-of-15 in the final three minutes.
Bo McCalebb led New Orleans (2-6) with 26 points, seven assists and six rebounds. James Parlow scored 19 points, Jamie McNeilly had 12 and Shaun Reynolds put 10 on the board for the Privateers.
New Orleans led 41-37 at halftime, rallying from an early eight-point deficit.
But Ole Miss took the lead for good on a 3-point shot by Polynice with 6:09 left.
The Privateers pulled within 70-68 on a McCalebb jumper with 2:50 left, but Ole Miss went on a 9-0 run to seal it.
New Orleans managed only 13-of-31 from the field in the second half.