Rebels stage late rally to beat UMass

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OXFORD, Miss-Sebastian Saiz scored on a tip-in with 3.3 seconds remaining to lift Mississippi over UMass 90-88 on Monday night.

Ole Miss (2-0) trailed for almost the entire second half before a late rally delivered the victory. On the Rebels’ final offensive play, DeAndre Burnett drove to the basket, but missed on a contested layup. The 6-foot-9 Saiz was there for the tip-in and UMass missed on its final 3-point attempt.

Saiz finished with 22 points and a career-high 19 rebounds, making 4 of 9 shots from the field and 14 of 18 free throws. Cullen Neal added 21 points.

UMass (1-1) fell into an early 10-point hole, but rallied to take a 48-40 lead by halftime. Freshman DeJon Jarreau led the Minutemen with 25 points while Zach Lewis added 20.

Both teams fought through foul trouble late in the game during a whistle-filled evening. UMass was called for 29 fouls while Ole Miss had 28.