Mississippi rallies for 90-88 win over UMass
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Sebastian Saiz scored on a tip-in with 3.3 seconds remaining to lift Mississippi over UMass 90-88 on Monday night.
Ole Miss (2-0) trailed for almost the entire second half before a late rally delivered the victory. On the Rebels' final offensive play, DeAndre Burnett drove to the basket, but missed on a contested layup. The 6-foot-9 Saiz was there for the tip-in and UMass missed on its final 3-point attempt.
Saiz finished with 22 points and a career-high 19 rebounds, making 4 of 9 shots from the field and 14 of 18 free throws. Cullen Neal added 21 points.
UMass (1-1) fell into an early 10-point hole, but rallied to take a 48-40 lead by halftime. Freshman DeJon Jarreau led the Minutemen with 25 points while Zach Lewis added 20.
Both teams fought through foul trouble late in the game during a whistle-filled evening. UMass was called for 29 fouls while Ole Miss had 28.
UMass: It was a frustrating night for the Minutemen, who had control of the game throughout most of the second half only to see it slip away in the final minutes. UMass has to be encouraged by the play of Jarreau, who scored at will at times against the Rebels.
Ole Miss: It was a monster game for Saiz, who the Rebels are counting on to have a big season. Neal's consistent scoring so far this year has been an added bonus.
UMass: The Minutemen return home to face Temple on Thursday.
Ole Miss: The Rebels face Oral Roberts on Friday in Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
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