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Tyree, Shuler lead Ole Miss past Missouri, 73-68

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Ole Miss had been in the midst of a three-game losing skid and a loss to Missouri would have likely placed the Rebels on the NCAA Tournament bubble. Down double-digits in the second half, Ole Miss had to buckle down in front of Missouri's crowd.

Breein Tyree scored 21 points, Devontae Shuler knocked down clutch baskets late and Ole Miss (20-12, 10-8 Southeastern Conference) used a strong second half to defeat Missouri 73-68 on Saturday and snap its losing streak.

Missouri (14-16, 5-13) had a shot to tie the game with fewer than 20 seconds left, but Rebels' forward Bruce Stevens stuffed Jordan Geist's layup attempt and senior guard Terence Davis knocked down a pair of free throws to secure an Ole Miss victory.

Mississippi trailed 34-26 at halftime but Tyree's 3-pointer tied it at 46 with 12:20 remaining and another Tyree 3-pointer gave Ole Miss the lead, 60-59 with 5:03 to go. Later, it was sophomore guard Shuler who put the Rebels up two points with a fastbreak layup with 1:28 remaining. He knocked down a fadeaway jumper on Ole Miss' next possession to extend the team's lead to four with 52 seconds left.

''I think Devontae Shuler was really the spark of the game,'' Tyree said. ''He came in, lip busted, playing the hardest that he could. I was trying to play off of his energy.''

With strong defense required on scorers Tyree and Davis, Missouri struggled to control Shuler during crunch time.

''Shuler just got going,'' Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin said. ''They have two guys that can score the ball, so he's the third option offensively. He made plays, he made shots.''

In scraping by, Ole Miss picked up a road win that was crucial in locking down an NCAA Tournament bid.

''I put it on the board, I thought it was an NCAA Tournament play-in game,'' Rebels' coach Kermit Davis said. ''I said `Breein and (Terence Davis), have you ever played in a game that gets you in the NCAA Tournament play-in game?' They said no. I said `well you're going to be in one at Missouri.'''

Missouri was looking to win its third straight game and move to .500. Freshman Xavier Pinson scored a career-high 20 points and his rookie counterpart Torrence Watson added 14.

BIG PICTURE

Ole Miss: The Rebels appeared safely headed to the NCAA Tournament for much of February, but their recent three-game losing streak started to move them closer to the bubble. Breaking that skid likely secured their tournament bid.

Missouri: The Tigers failed to reach .500 and couldn't win on senior day, but their two leading scorers were freshmen. The future has looked bright for Missouri in its last couple of games.

DEFYING EXPECTATIONS

After being selected to finish last in the conference's preseason media poll, the Rebels have now totaled 20 wins and have probably clinched a ticket to the NCAA Tournament. Coach Davis said the team was not afraid to address the media's low expectations.

''The very first day, I said `(Terence Davis), it's not going to be fair to you if we talk about a rebuilding year,''' he said. ''We think we're talented enough in the room. Give these guys a lot of credit.''

A BRIGHT FUTURE

With his 14-point outing, Watson has averaged 15.7 points in his last four games. The freshman played second fiddle to Pinson on Saturday, who added six assists to his 20 points.

''We've really just been waiting on something like that,'' Watson said. ''I think everyone on the team knows what he can do. We've all seen he can do the drive to the basket like that. His handles are crazy.''

UP NEXT

Ole Miss will play Thursday in the SEC Tournament. The Rebels tied Mississippi State for sixth place and will be the No. 7 seed in the conference tournament.

Missouri will play Wednesday in the tournament as a 12 seed against Georgia.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Xavier Pinson missed 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
+ 1 Terence Davis made 2nd of 2 free throws 5.0
+ 1 Terence Davis made 1st of 2 free throws 5.0
  Personal foul on Torrence Watson 5.0
  Jordan Geist missed layup, blocked by Bruce Stevens 8.0
+ 1 Breein Tyree made 2nd of 2 free throws 25.0
  Breein Tyree missed 1st of 2 free throws 25.0
  Personal foul on Jordan Geist 25.0
+ 1 Jordan Geist made 2nd of 2 free throws 37.0
+ 1 Jordan Geist made 1st of 2 free throws 37.0
  Personal foul on Devontae Shuler 37.0
Team Stats
Points 0 0
Field Goals 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
3-Pointers 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Free Throws 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Total Rebounds 0 0
Offensive 0 0
Defensive 0 0
Team 0 0
Assists 0 0
Steals 0 0
Blocks 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Fouls 0 0
Technicals 0 0
12T
away team logo Ole Miss 20-11 264773
home team logo Missouri 14-16 343468
Team Stats
away team logo Ole Miss 20-11 75.3 PPG 37.9 RPG 14.4 APG
home team logo Missouri 14-16 67.2 PPG 38.4 RPG 11.1 APG
Key Players
4
B. Tyree 17.9 PPG 2.9 RPG 2.8 APG 45.9 FG%
15
J. Geist 14.8 PPG 4.6 RPG 3.0 APG 44.0 FG%
Top Scorers
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PTS REB AST
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0 3PT FG% 0
0 FT% 0
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