Ole Miss loses big halftime lead in loss at Auburn

AUBURN,  AL-Desean Murray had 16 points and eight rebounds to help No. 22 Auburn erase a ten-point halftime deficit and beat Mississippi 85-70 on Tuesday night.

Auburn (15-1, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) won its 13th straight game overall and opened 3-0 in conference play for the first time since 2002-03. Auburn had lost 10 straight against Ole Miss.

Mustapha Heron added 15 points for Auburn, and Afernee McLemore added 13 points and nine rebounds.

Breein Tyree led the Rebels (9-7, 2-2) with 24 points.

Playing its first home game as a ranked team since 2000, Auburn came out flat, missing its first four shots and shooting 34 percent from the field in the first half, including 3 of 17 from deep.

Auburn emphasized attacking the basket after halftime, as the Tigers went ten minutes without attempting a 3-point shot to open the second half. Auburn went 29 for 37 at the free-throw line and outcored Ole Miss 50-25 in the second half.

Playing without leading scorer Deandre Burnett, Ole Miss silenced the Auburn crowd early, scoring 14 points off 11 Auburn turnovers and taking a 45-35 halftime lead. The Rebels shot just 26 percent in the second half.