Rebels lose in overtime in Chicago

Ole Miss led 60-48, but Illinois-Chicago fought back to tie it 67-67 and won by 12 in overtime.

CHICAGO (AP) - Othyus Jeffers scored a career-high 18 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds, and Josh Mayo hit two late 3-pointers Saturday to lead Illinois-Chicago to a 87-75 overtime victory over Mississippi.

The Rebels (4-2) were the first SEC team to play at the UIC Pavilion and were overwhelmed by the Flames late in the second half and dominated in overtime, getting outscored 20-8.

The Flames (4-4) trailed by 12 with a little more than seven minutes to play, but completed a stirring comeback when Mayo, a 5-10 freshman guard, hit a fallaway three-pointer to tie the game at 67-67 with 30 seconds to go.

Ole Miss' Londrick Nolen missed a three at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.

UIC wouldn't trail after that. Elliott Poole scored on a putback on the first possession of the extra period to give the Flames their first lead since the beginning of the second half and Mayo hit a `3' from the other side of the floor and dished to Poole down low to make it 74-71 with 2:33 to go.

UIC hit 9 of 12 free throws to ice it. The Flames hit 25-of-37 free throws in the game, 11-of-14 in overtime.

Dwayne Curtis led the Rebels with 20 points and six rebounds. Clarence Sanders scored 16 points and Todd Abernethy had 11 points and nine assists. Ole Miss shot 51.7 percent for the game, but was out-rebounded 44-31.

The Rebels host Saint Louis Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Oxford.

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