86
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Wed Jan. 30
6:30pm
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90
TF 2
ML: +185
FLA -5, O/U 132.5
ML: -222
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Allen steps up late, helps Florida beat Ole Miss 90-86 in OT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Despite missing his first six 3-pointers, KeVaughn Allen remained confident.

He even wanted the ball in crunch time.

Allen hit a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime and added two huge baskets in the extra frame to help Florida beat Mississippi 90-86 on Wednesday night.

Allen finished with 21 points, none bigger than those three that came on a shot in front of Florida's bench with 2.5 seconds to play in regulation. He made two driving layups in overtime and then made a diving save of a ball headed out of bounds in the final minute.

''Guys made some huge plays, led by KeVaughn down the stretch,'' coach Mike White said. ''Guys earned a W against a very good team.''

Allen's night wasn't perfect, though. He had a critical turnover in the final seconds of overtime that put the outcome in jeopardy. Fortunately for the Gators (12-8, 4-3 Southeastern Conference), Noah Locke made two free throws with 11.2 seconds left to seal the victory.

Locke finished with 22 points. Keyontae Johnson added a career-high 15 points before fouling out in overtime. And Andrew Nembhard chipped in 12 points and six assists.

Allen, Locke and Nembhard - Florida's starting backcourt - scored the final 26 points for Florida. The Gators shot 56 percent in the second half.

''I thought we took a big step offensively tonight,'' White said.

Terence Davis led Mississippi with 26 points, and Breein Tyree added 20. The Rebels (14-6, 4-3), who felt out of the AP poll this week, have dropped four of five.

Ole Miss really struggled in overtime, missing five of six shots.

The Rebels might have been shocked to see the game get past regulation. Coach Kermit Davis considering fouling Florida with a three-point lead and 8.8 seconds on the clock, but he opted against it and will spend the next few days second-guessing his decision.

''Normally about 90 percent of the time we foul in that situation, which was almost nine seconds,'' Davis said. ''Still bad. We switched it off like we were supposed to, and he made a dead run and 3. ... A lot of good things in the game. Florida made a couple of plays right at the end.''

Allen has been at his best this season in the last five games, including his top two performances in Florida's last two home games.

''I am feeling more comfortable,'' said Allen, a senior and one of the quieter players on the team. He said he heard assistant coach Jordan Mincey's voice running through his head late, telling him to make ''winning plays.''

Davis and Tyree looked like they would carry Ole Miss to victory in regulation. Davis scored on a spinning, baseline drive that put the Rebels up 72-71 with 1:23 to play, and Tyree followed with both ends of a one-and-one with 8.8 seconds remaining.

But Allen gave the Gators life on the other end and a big lift in the final period.

''He makes those types of shots all the time,'' Locke said. ''I thought it was going in. I know him. He practices those all the time, shot clock going down and he makes one of those. I wasn't surprised it went in.''

BIG PICTURE

Mississippi: The Rebels fell to 2-5 when trailing at halftime. This one was a shocker considering they did just about everything right in the second half, making 16 of 27 shots (59.3 percent) and hitting all 10 free throws. But KJ Buffen's extended arm wasn't enough to affect Allen's 3-pointer near the end of regulation.

Florida: After sitting out five of the last six games, forward Isaiah Stokes played eight minutes and gave the Gators some much-needed help in the paint. He finished with two pints, but his layup ignited a 7-0 run in the second half. It was hardly a game-changing performance but exactly what Florida needed after losing big men Keith Stone (knee), Gorjok Gak (knee) and Chase Johnson (transfer).

UP NEXT

Mississippi hosts in-state rival and 22nd-ranked Mississippi State on Saturday. The Rebels won the first meeting, 81-77 in Starkville earlier this month.

Florida begins a brutal stretch against No. 7 Kentucky, which has won seven straight, on Saturday. After that, the Gators play road games against Auburn and top-ranked Tennessee.

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Key Players
T. Davis
3 G
A. Nembhard
2 G
31.5 Min. Per Game 31.5
7.0 Pts. Per Game 7.0
5.9 Ast. Per Game 5.9
2.8 Reb. Per Game 2.8
48.2 Field Goal % 36.1
40.0 Three Point % 33.3
75.0 Free Throw % 71.4
  Defensive rebound by Kevarrius Hayes 2.0
  Breein Tyree missed 3-pt. jump shot 4.0
+ 1 Noah Locke made 2nd of 2 free throws 11.0
+ 1 Noah Locke made 1st of 2 free throws 11.0
  Personal foul on Breein Tyree 11.0
+ 2 Terence Davis made tip-in 11.0
  Offensive rebound by Terence Davis 11.0
  Devontae Shuler missed layup 12.0
  Bad pass turnover on KeVaughn Allen, stolen by Devontae Shuler 14.0
+ 1 Breein Tyree made 2nd of 2 free throws 17.0
+ 1 Breein Tyree made 2nd of 2 free throws 17.0
Team Stats
Points 86 90
Field Goals 29-63 (46.0%) 31-63 (49.2%)
3-Pointers 6-23 (26.1%) 11-26 (42.3%)
Free Throws 22-26 (84.6%) 17-22 (77.3%)
Total Rebounds 41 27
Offensive 13 8
Defensive 24 19
Team 4 0
Assists 10 18
Steals 7 6
Blocks 1 1
Turnovers 16 13
Fouls 23 20
Technicals 0 0
26 PTS, 12 REB, 5 AST
22 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST
12OTT
away team logo Ole Miss 14-6 30461086
home team logo Florida 12-8 33431490
Team Stats
away team logo Ole Miss 14-6 75.3 PPG 37.9 RPG 14.4 APG
home team logo Florida 12-8 67.8 PPG 36.3 RPG 12.1 APG
Key Players
3
T. Davis G 15.2 PPG 5.8 RPG 3.5 APG 44.4 FG%
10
N. Locke G 9.4 PPG 2.3 RPG 0.6 APG 37.5 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Davis G 26 PTS 12 REB 5 AST
N. Locke G 22 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
46.0 FG% 49.2
26.1 3PT FG% 42.3
84.6 FT% 77.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Davis 26 12 5 8/17 2/7 8/10 4 43 1 0 3 3 9
B. Tyree 20 4 1 6/15 3/9 5/6 2 41 0 0 4 2 2
D. Shuler 9 9 2 4/8 0/1 1/1 2 36 4 0 3 3 6
D. Olejniczak 6 2 0 3/7 0/0 0/0 4 25 2 0 0 0 2
B. Hinson 2 3 1 1/3 0/2 0/0 5 20 0 0 1 2 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Davis 26 12 5 8/17 2/7 8/10 4 43 1 0 3 3 9
B. Tyree 20 4 1 6/15 3/9 5/6 2 41 0 0 4 2 2
D. Shuler 9 9 2 4/8 0/1 1/1 2 36 4 0 3 3 6
D. Olejniczak 6 2 0 3/7 0/0 0/0 4 25 2 0 0 0 2
B. Hinson 2 3 1 1/3 0/2 0/0 5 20 0 0 1 2 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Buffen 17 5 1 4/7 1/2 8/8 3 29 0 1 3 2 3
B. Stevens 6 1 0 3/6 0/2 0/1 3 20 0 0 2 1 0
D. Davis 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 11 0 0 0 0 1
A. Morgano - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Naylor - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. McBride - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Rodriguez - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Curry - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Miller Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Halums - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 86 37 10 29/63 6/23 22/26 23 225 7 1 16 13 24
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Locke 22 3 1 7/13 6/11 2/2 1 42 0 0 1 2 1
K. Allen 21 2 5 6/19 1/7 8/8 1 37 1 0 3 0 2
K. Johnson 15 6 2 7/11 1/2 0/3 5 34 0 0 1 2 4
A. Nembhard 12 3 6 4/5 2/3 2/2 2 36 4 0 2 0 3
K. Hayes 9 8 2 3/5 0/0 3/3 3 26 0 1 1 3 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Locke 22 3 1 7/13 6/11 2/2 1 42 0 0 1 2 1
K. Allen 21 2 5 6/19 1/7 8/8 1 37 1 0 3 0 2
K. Johnson 15 6 2 7/11 1/2 0/3 5 34 0 0 1 2 4
A. Nembhard 12 3 6 4/5 2/3 2/2 2 36 4 0 2 0 3
K. Hayes 9 8 2 3/5 0/0 3/3 3 26 0 1 1 3 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Hudson 6 1 1 2/4 1/1 1/3 4 16 0 0 0 1 0
D. Bassett 3 2 0 1/2 0/0 1/1 0 12 1 0 0 0 2
I. Stokes 2 0 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 8 0 0 1 0 0
D. Ballard 0 2 1 0/2 0/2 0/0 2 9 0 0 3 0 2
M. Okauru 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 5 0 0 1 0 0
K. Stone - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Gak - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Fava - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Krause - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 90 27 18 31/63 11/26 17/22 20 225 6 1 13 8 19