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Second-Half Run Carries Ole Miss Past Razorbac

Second-Half Run Carries Ole Miss Past Razorbac
OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss used a 14-0 run midway through the second half to knock off Arkansas, 84-73, in a Southeastern Conference Western Division matchup Wednesday.

The loss snaps Arkansas’ three-game winning streak and drops the Razorbacks to 12-7 overall and 3-4 in the SEC. Ole Miss improves to 16-4 and 4-3, and moves the Rebels within a half-game of first place Alabama.

UA took two seven-point leads in the second half, 32-25 and 48-41, but the Rebels shot 64 percent in the final period and made nine-of-11 free throws in the final two minutes to put the game away.

With the game tied 37-37, Jannero Pargo hit consecutive threes, and Teddy Gipson hit a three followed by a Joe Johnson layup to give the Hogs a 48-41 advantage with 13:12 to play.

Aaron Harper made two treys and Justin Reed a pair of layups in Ole Miss’ 14-0 run.

Johnson ended the drought with a three-pointer to get Arkansas within 55-51, but Ole Miss scored seven straight points to take an 11-point lead.

Pargo scored a game-high 20 points, all in the second half. Johnson added 17 points and Carl Baker a season-high 13.

David Sanders was one of five Rebels in double figures with a team-high 19 points. Harper had 14, Rahim Lockhart 13, and Reed and Jason Harrison 12 each.

The Razorbacks play host to Mississippi State Saturday, Feb. 3, at noon in a game televised by Jefferson-Pilot Sports.

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