Graham’s 10 in OT push Mississippi past Nebraska, into 3rd round of NIT
OXFORD, Miss. (AP)—Zach Graham scored 10 of his 14 points in overtime and Mississippi beat Nebraska 85-75 Monday night to advance to the third round of the NIT.
The Rebels (23-10) missed two shots at the end of regulation with the score tied at 70, but outscored the Cornhuskers (21-13) 15-5 in overtime to win.
Graham hit consecutive layups to make it 76-71 and the Rebels hit 7 of 9 free throws in the final 2 minutes to advance.
Ole Miss will play at Virginia Tech on Wednesday in the quarterfinals.
Chris Warren led Ole Miss with 18 points, Eniel Polynice scored 15 in his return from a knee injury, Kenny Williams had 14 points and Dwayne Curtis added 10.
Nebraska hit just 1 of 7 shots in overtime and missed four crucial free throws.
Aleks Maric had 18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists to lead the Cornhuskers. Ade Dagunduro scored 16 points, Steve Harley had 14 and Jay-R Strowbridge scored 11.
Ole Miss led by as much as nine three times in the first half and was up 40-36 at halftime. Harley kept the Cornhuskers close, however, scoring nine points in the final 7 minutes of the first half.
Nebraska rallied, using a 7-0 run to take a 53-52 lead with 11:14 left. But Warren’s four-point play with 7:29 gave Ole Miss a 61-58 advantage.
Dagunduro’s layup with 39 seconds left tied the game. The Rebels misfired twice, the final time on a lob pass to Williams at the buzzer.
The Rebels are now 3-1 in the NIT under coach Andy Kennedy.