USC Comes Up Just Short vs. Ole Miss, 75-74

PETE IACOBELLI
AP Sports Writer


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Anthony Perez scored a career-high 22 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:02 remaining as Mississippi erased a 12-point deficit and held on to defeat South Carolina 75-74 Saturday.



Marshall Henderson had 16 of his 19 points in the second half for the Rebels (12-5, 3-1 Southeastern Conference), who rallied after falling behind 39-27 early on the second half. Ole Miss still trailed 66-61 after Duane Notice's two jumpers with four minutes left.



That's when Henderson drove right of the lane for a basket and got fouled for a three-point play. Perez tied the game with two foul shots on Ole Miss' next possession. Perez followed a minute later with a three to put the Rebels ahead for good, 71-68.



South Carolina (7-10, 0-4) closed to 75-74 and had possession with 1.8 seconds left, but Sindarius Thornwell's 3-point heave was off the mark. Thornwell led the Gamecocks with 24 points.


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