COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Javon Pickett and Ronnie DeGray III each scored 14 points and Missouri beat Mississippi 74-68 on Saturday night.
Missouri (10-14, 4-7 Southeastern Conference) has won two of its last three games. Ole Miss (12-13, 3-9) has lost three straight since it upset then-No. 25 LSU 76-72 on Feb. 1.
DaJuan Gordon, Kobe Brown and Amari Davis added 13 points apiece for Missouri, which shot 54 (28 of 52) from the field and was 7 of 14 from long range. Gordon made three 3-pointers and Brown had five assists.
Matthew Murrell scored 15 points for Ole Miss. Jarkel Joiner added 13 points and Luis Rodriguez 12. The Rebels shot 50% (27 of 54) from the floor but missed 14 of 18 3-pointers and were 10-of-17 (59%) shooting from the free-throw line.
Missouri closed the first half on a 15-4 run for a 43-32 lead. Gordon made a pair of 3-pointers, Brown added a 3 and Pickett scored the last six points during the stretch. The Tigers scored the first nine points of the second half to extend the advantage to 20.
Ole Miss pulled within single digits with about five minutes remaining and later used a 12-5 surge to cut the deficit to 69-64 with 1:30 left. But Joiner then missed a jumper and Murrell a 3, and the Tigers made 5 of 6 from the line to seal it.
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