Ole Miss' magic in close games finally snapped by South Carolina

Feb. 12—South Carolina led Ole Miss by as much as 17 points in the second half of Tuesday night's game, but Ole Miss managed to find a way to get itself back in the game. The Rebels outscored South Carolina 22-8 down the stretch to whittle the deficit to three.

But the rally came up just short, and Ole Miss lost 68-65. Not only did the Rebels miss out on a potential road win over the 15th-ranked Gamecocks, but they saw their streak of wins in close games come to an end. Ole Miss was 7-0 in games decided by five or fewer points heading into the South Carolina loss.

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