Ole Miss rallies to top Detroit Mercy


Jaylen Murray scored 22 points, Allen Flanigan made two decisive free throws with 25 seconds remaining and Ole Miss held off Detroit Mercy 70-69 on Tuesday night in Oxford, Miss. Matthew Murrell added 17 points for the Rebels (3-0). Jayden Stone scored 22, Marcus Tankersley had 19 and Edoardo Del Cadia added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Titans (0-3). The Titans scored the first four points of the second half to take a one-point lead and start a succession of lead changes. The score was tied five times and the lead changed hands six times before consecutive baskets by Flanigan and Murray gave the Rebels a 53-49 lead midway through the second half. Murrell’s jumper pushed the lead to five before Detroit Mercy closed within two points on three occasions. Murray’s 3-pointer pushed the lead to five before Del Cadia made consecutive layups and Stone made another to give the Titans a 65-64 lead. Murrell answered with a 3-pointer, but Trenton Johnson answered with another, giving Detroit Mercy another one-point lead. Murray made one of two free throws to tie the score before Stone made one of two to give the Titans a one-point lead with 33 seconds left. Flanigan made two free throws and Tankersley missed a jumper at the buzzer. Murray and Jaemyn Brakefield made back-to-back 3-pointers and Murrell added two jumpers as the Rebels raced to a 10-0 lead. Tankersley had back-to-back baskets during a 6-0 run. TJ Caldwell made a 3-pointer and Rashaud Marshall added a basket to expand the lead to 15-6. Tankersley made two more baskets to help get Detroit Mercy within one point and he later scored five straight points to give the Titans a 21-20 lead. The lead changed hands three times before Murray’s 3-pointer gave Ole Miss a six-point edge. Tankersley’s jumper pulled Detroit Mercy within 30-28. The Rebels rebuilt the lead to six before Johnson’s 3-pointer trimmed it to 34-31 at halftime.