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NEW YORK (AP) — Marshall Henderson and Jarvis Summers both scored 19 points, combining for 11 of Mississippi's last 12 in the undefeated Rebels' 79-76 victory over Penn State on Saturday in the championship game of the Barclays Center Classic.


"I was anxious to see how we would perform against a high level team and I was really pleased with the way we started the game, locked in playing extremely hard," head coach Andy Kennedy said. "We weren't as efficient as we would have hoped, but overall I was really pleased with the effort."

Henderson, the star of last season's Mississippi team that advanced to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2002 but who was suspended for his actions toward fans after the loss, gave the Rebels (6-0) the lead for good at 69-68 on a drive with 5:36 to play. That was the start of the run by he and Summers.

D.J. Newbill got Penn State within 75-74 with a vicious dunk on the break after a Rebels' turnover, but Henderson made three free throws with 1:14 left to make it a four-point lead.

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Associated Press

Newbill had 23 points to lead Penn State (6-2), which had a five-game winning streak snapped.

Ross Travis had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Nittany Lions, but Tim Frazier, who had 29 points in the 89-82 semifinal win over St. John's, was held to nine points on 3-for-13 shooting. Frazier had 10 assists.

Both teams had strong efforts from 3-point range. Mississippi, which came in shooting 37.6 percent from beyond the arc, was 11 of 24 (45.8 percent), making 8 of 12 in the first half when it took a 44-39 lead. The Nittany Lions were 9 of 22 (40.9 percent) from 3-point range, over the 38.6 percent they were shooting entering the game. They made 5 of 10 3-point attempts in the first half.

"I thought our effort was outstanding. I thought our guys were locked in. It's our biggest challenge to date," Kennedy said.

"I liked our team's fight. We exuded toughness early. We wanted to be aggressive. I thought we attacked the game right from that jump and for that I was proud."

Henderson was suspended for the season opener and the first two Southeastern Conference games for the antics with fans in the regular season, SEC tournament and NCAA tournament. He was indefinitely suspended in July after police found him with small amounts of marijuana and cocaine during a traffic stop.

Mississippi beat Georgia Tech 77-67 in the semifinals.

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