Last-Second Finish

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Murphy Holloway scored off a timely steal with 3.7 seconds remaining to lift Mississippi to a 70-68 victory over DePaul in a Big East-SEC Challenge contest on Thursday night.

"I needed someone to make a play, and that's what Murphy Holloway did at the end," Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy said. "He's got very, very quick hands and he's very active. ... He just got his hand on a ball and made a play and was able to get to the rim and finish."

Holloway grabbed the ball from Blue Demons forward Cleveland Melvin and dashed downcourt for the score.

Holloway had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Rebels (6-1), who led by 17 points early in the second half. Brandon Young had 18 points for DePaul (4-2), and Melvin added 14 points and 10 rebounds.

The victory was the third straight for Ole Miss and second in three meetings against the Blue Demons. The Rebels built a double-digit lead while DePaul failed to make a field goal in the final 7:04 of the first half.

Murphy Holloway
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"I thought we had it," Young said. "We had to make free throws and get stops on defense."

DePaul led 68-66 following a Melvin free throw, but a Jarvis Summers jumper tied the game with 17 seconds remaining.

The Blue Demons' Jeremiah Kelly missed two free throws with 12 seconds left. After the second, Melvin got the rebound, but Holloway stripped the ball and dribbled to the winning basket.

DePaul shot 15 of 31 (48.4 percent) in the second half.

"It was a tough loss for us, given the fact that we made a valiant comeback in the second half," DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell said.

"Our guys did a great job of battling back to the point where we had a lead and we're on the free throw line to salt away the game and didn't convert."

Ole Miss returns to action Sunday at Penn State. The game is scheduled for a 5 p.m. (CT) tip.

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