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Mercer 79

(8-4, 2-4 away)

Ole Miss 76

(8-3, 5-2 home)

    4:00 PM ET, December 22, 2013

    C.M. 'Tad' Smith Coliseum, Oxford, Mississippi

    1 2 T
    MER 41 3879
    MISS 29 4776

    Top Performers

    Mercer: I. Nwamu 24 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Ole Miss: J. Summers 21 Pts, 2 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    Mercer storms past Ole Miss 79-76

    Associated Press

    OXFORD, Miss. -- Mercer point guard Langston Hall hit a 3-point shot with 0.6 seconds remaining as the Bears erased a seven-point deficit in the final six minutes Sunday to defeat Mississippi 79-76.

    Mercer (8-4) placed four players in double figures, led by Ike Nwamu with 24 points, and survived a furious Ole Miss rally that wiped out a 16-point second-half lead. Hall scored 17 points, added six assists and four rebounds.

    Lawrence Brown and Jakob Gollon added 10 points apiece for Mercer, who led 41-29 at halftime. Ole Miss rallied to take a 67-60 lead with six minutes remaining, setting up the decisive surge by the Bears.

    Ole Miss (8-3) was led by Jarvis Summers with 21 points, Marshall Henderson with 18 and Aaron Jones added 10. Henderson hit a 3-point shot with 10 seconds left to set up the game-winner by Hall.

    The trading of 3-pointers in the final 10 seconds highlighted a contest filled with momentum switches. Mercer, the defending regular season champions of the Atlantic Sun Conference, held a 52-36 lead with 17:39 left on a 3-point shot by Bud Thomas.

    The Rebels answered with a 31-8 blitz over the next 11 minutes. A three-point play on a driving layup by Derrick Millinghaus gave Ole Miss a seemingly insurmountable 67-60 lead with 6:44 remaining.

    Nwamu ignited the decisive Mercer rally, scoring 12 consecutive points before fouling out with 21 seconds remaining and the Bears holding a 74-73 lead. Hall hit a pair of free throws to give Mercer a 76-73 edge with 16 seconds left, setting up the Henderson and Hall shots.

    Mercer was 26 of 60 from the field, 43.3 percent, including a 9-of-16 performance from Nwamu. The Bears were 6 of 20, 30 percent, from 3-point range, but Hall was 4 of 8. The Bears out rebounded the Rebels 39-35.

    Ole Miss was 27 of 61 from the field, 44.3 percent, with Summers hitting 8 of 11. Mercer had the edge at the free-throw line, connecting on 21 of 26, while Ole Miss managed only 15 of 23.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MER
    MISS
    Points 79 76
    FG Made-Attempted 26-60 (.433) 27-61 (.443)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-20 (.300) 7-24 (.292)
    FT Made-Attempted 21-26 (.808) 15-23 (.652)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 19 (0/0)

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