OXFORD, Miss. (AP)—Dwayne Curtis scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Saturday as Mississippi defeated New Mexico 85-77 in a battle of unbeaten teams.
Freshman point guard Chris Warren added 16 points and five assists for the Rebels (6-0), who are off to their best start since 2000-01, when they advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
Trevor Gaskins and Eniel Polynice added 14 and 12 points for the Rebels, respectively.
Ole Miss never trailed and converted 9-of-11 free throws in the final three minutes to halt a late rally by the Lobos.
New Mexico (7-1) was led by Roman Martinez, who finished 7-of-7 from the field, with 17 points. Dairese Gary added 10 points and five assists, but Lobos fell behind 11-2 in the opening two minutes and never recovered.
Ole Miss led 47-30 at halftime on the strength of a 17-1 run midway through the first half.
New Mexico had only one basket in the final eight minutes of the half, while Curtis had eight points during the Rebels’ run.
New Mexico pulled within 81-76 on a jumper by J.R. Giddens with 15 seconds left. The Lobos misfired on two final possessions while Polynice hit four straight free throws for the victory.