Graham helps Ole Miss beat Saint Louis

By The Associated Press

CANCUN, Mexico — Zach Graham scored 19 points and Ole Miss beat Saint Louis 69-61 on Friday to finish third in the Cancun Governor’s Cup.

The Billikens (5-7) were without coach Rick Majerus, who missed the game because of an illness. Assistant Porter Moser ran the team with Majerus out.

Dundrecous Nelson had 16 points, Chris Warren added 15 and the Rebels (9-3) outrebounded Saint Louis 42-23. Graham made 11 of 12 free throws and Ole Miss was 25 for 29 overall.

Mississippi grabbed control with an 11-0 run in the second half. Graham, Nelson and Henry each hit a 3-pointer in the surge that made it 51-37 with 8:37 left.

Kyle Cassity made five 3-pointers and finished with 21 points for the Billikens. Brian Conklin scored 19 points, and Jordair Jett had 12.

Saint Louis forced 19 turnovers but went 5 for 13 from the foul line. Only five Billikens scored in the game.

According to the school, the 62-year-old Majerus started feeling ill earlier Friday. The symptoms weren’t severe, but he decided to stay away from the sideline as a precaution.

Majerus, in his fourth season with Saint Louis, has dealt with health problems throughout his coaching career. He cited health reasons when he retired as Utah’s coach in January 2004.