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Jarvis Greer

Ole Miss Advances to Second Round in N-I-T

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Dwayne Curtis had 17 points and 16 rebounds

as Mississippi beat UC Santa Barbara 83-68 Wednesday to advance to

the second round of the NIT for the second straight year.

Chris Warren had all 16 points of his points in the second half

for the Rebels (22-10), who will host the Nebraska-Charlotte winner

Monday in the quarterfinals. David Huertas had 15 points for Ole

Miss and Kenny Williams added 13.

The Rebels (22-10) fell behind the Gauchos (23-9) 17-6 as James

Powell fueled a 15-2 run with three 3-pointers in the first 5

minutes.

Ole Miss rallied for a 37-36 halftime lead despite 11 turnovers

and seven missed free throws. UC Santa Barbara took its final lead,

40-39, on a pair of free throws by Chris Devine with 18:17 left.

The Rebels answered with a decisive 11-0 run, including a pair

of three-point plays by Warren, to take a 50-40 lead with 14:17

left. The Gauchos never got closer than seven points again as Ole

Miss held them to four field goals in the final 11 minutes.

Big West Conference co-player of the year Alex Harris led UCSB

with 20 points. Harris opened the game with three consecutive

baskets, but went more than 21 minutes without a field goal.

Powell scored all 18 of his points on 3s and Devine scored 14.

Curtis led the Rebels to a 44-27 rebound advantage and they iced

the game by hitting 7 of 9 free throws and 7 of 12 3-pointers in

the second half.

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