Ole Miss falls at South Carolina


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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Chris Silva scored 18 points as South Carolina won its fifth Southeastern Conference game after trailing by double digits beating Mississippi 79-64 on Tuesday night.

The Gamecocks (14-12, 9-4 SEC) didn’t trail big for long. After the Rebels took a 13-2 lead in the first four minutes, South Carolina scored 16 straight points and wouldn’t trail again.

After the Gamecocks led by as many as 11 toward the end of the first half, Ole Miss (18-8, 8-5) did tie the game at 61 with 6:18 left. But South Carolina scored on its next six possessions to take a 75-63 lead with 2:47 left.

The Gamecocks made 9 of 19 3-pointers, continuing a torrid pace. They have made 49 of 88 (55.7 percent) from behind the arc the past four games.

Terence Davis had 18 points and Breein Tyree added 17 points for Ole Miss.

A.J. Lawson had 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists and Hassani Gravett added 15 points and eight rebounds for South Carolina.

The win put the Gamecocks into fourth place in the SEC all by themselves, which could be critical for a team that is trying to be a difficult bubble decision. The top four teams get a double bye in the SEC Tournament and only need to win three games to get the league’s automatic NCAA Tournament bid. South Carolina leads every other team by at least two games and now will have the tiebreaker over Ole Miss.

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