By The Associated Press
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Chris Warren took control in the second half, scoring 19 points as Ole Miss pulled away for a 69-60 win over Arkansas on Saturday.
Warren, who hit a game-winning 3-pointer against Kentucky on Tuesday, scored 15 of his points in the second half for the Rebels. Ole Miss (15-8, 3-5 Southeastern) has now won three of four after four-straight losses to open conference play.
The Rebels led throughout the first half before Arkansas took its first lead after a steal and layup by Mardracus Wade put the Razorbacks up 38-36 in the second half.
After Julysses Nobles tied the game at 43 for Arkansas, Ole Miss took control with a 17-4 run to go up 60-47 and never trailed again.
Marshawn Powell led the Razorbacks (14-8, 4-5) with 19 points despite sitting out more than five minutes to start the game after injuring an ankle during the pregame shootaround.
Arkansas appeared out of sorts early on offense without Powell in the lineup. The Razorbacks first two possessions each ended in turnovers after intended entry passes for Delvon Johnson sailed into the first row.
The third ended when Mississippi’s Reginald Buckner blocked Jeff Peterson’s layup attempt, Buckner’s school-record 65th block of the season. Bucker finished with eight blocks, tying the school record, to go along with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Meanwhile, the Rebels surged early behind the combination of Powell’s absence and the carried-over momentum following Warren’s late game-winning 3-pointer against Kentucky.
Following Buckner’s block, Zach Graham connected on a 3-pointer to put Mississippi up 7-0. Graham scored seven of the Rebels’ first nine points, finishing with 17 points, and Nick Williams added back-to-back baskets to go up 13-2.
Powell entered the game with 14:40 remaining in the first half and scored on his first possession to pull Arkansas within 13-4. After Trevor Gaskins made a 3-pointer to put Mississippi ahead 16-4, the Razorbacks responded with a 13-2 run to close to within 18-17 after a putback by Julysses Nobles.
Arkansas never led in the half, trailing 33-27 at halftime after Powell scored its final six points of the half. Neither team shot well in the first half, with the Rebels connecting on just 13 of 33 shots (39 percent) and the Razorbacks 9 of 25 (36 percent).
Tied at 43-43, Arkansas’ Michael Sanchez was fouled by Gaskins but also called for technical foul after connecting with a swinging elbow. Sanchez missed the front end of his 1-and-1 free throw, while Warren — a 94 percent free throw shooter entering the game — hit both of his tries to put the Rebels up 45-43
That started the 17-4 run that effectively put the game away Ole Miss, with Warren scoring seven points during the stretch. Arkansas never got closer than eight points after that.