Rebels beat Fairfield, move to 3-0

Ole Miss held on to beat Fairfield 70-67 in the first game of the Hispanic College Fund Tournament in Hartford, Conn.

(AP) - Clarence Sanders scored 21 points and Bam Doyne had 20 with 12 rebounds as Ole Miss hung on to a 70-67 victory over Fairfield Friday in the Hispanic College Fund Classic tournament at the Hartford Civic Center. The Rebels continue tourney play with Central Arkansas Saturday at 4:30 p.m. CT.

Ole Miss (3-0) led by as much as 12 points in the second half but Michael Van Schaick hit a 3-pointer with 7.2 seconds left to cut the Rebels' lead to just 68-67.

Fairfield (0-4) fouled Justin Cerasoli on the in-bounds play, but Cerasoli hit both free throw with 6.1 seconds to seal the victory. Fairfield's Danny Oglesby hit the side of the rim at the buzzer.

Greg Nero led Fairfield with 19 points and had three blocked shots.

Ole Miss took an early 11-5 lead on a Doyne 3-pointer with 15:29 left in the first half. Fairfield came back and managed to take a 23-17 lead on a Nero free throw with 5:57 left.

But Ole Miss went on a 20-5 run, capped by a Doyne 3-pointer at the buzzer, giving the Rebels a 37-28 lead at the half. Sanders led Ole Miss in the first half with 14 points, including two 3-pointers.

Making his second start of the year, Rebel forward Kenny Williams posted 5 points and 6 rebounds, but left the game with 5:31 remaining with an injured ankle.

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