Gamecocks Hold On to Top Ole Miss, 79-73

Sam Muldrow had 23 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:02 left, as South Carolina snapped a five-game losing streak with a 79-73 victory over Mississippi on Tuesday night.

"That was a tremendous win for our team that we obviously needed. I'm unbelievably proud of our guys coming off of a five-game losing streak and after a game that we didn't compete the way that we want to," Horn said. "I thought it was a tremendous response and a total team effort. We made the plays that we needed to make on both ends to win the game.

"We had four guys with double figures. Eric Smith was phenomenal off the bench for us. Obviously, Sam Muldrow was really good and Damontre Harris was outstanding. Bruce Ellington showed incredible heart and character. I thought he brought us great presence tonight. Even though he's not quite himself, he did some really good things. We're really proud of our guys."

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Muldrow's points tied his career high and he added 10 rebounds to help the Gamecocks (14-12, 5-8 Southeastern Conference) build a 69-55 lead with 6 minutes left.

That's when the Rebels (17-11, 5-8) went on an 18-4 run, tying the game at 73 on Zach Graham's layup with 1:21 to go.

Muldrow answered back for South Carolina, striking for his third 3-pointer of the game.

Graham missed a tying 3-pointer on Ole Miss' next trip and the Gamecocks closed out their first home victory since Jan. 19 with three free throws.

Mississippi's Chris Warren had a career-high 33 points off eight 3-pointers, also the best showing of the senior's career.

South Carolina shot 20 of 22 foul shots and outrebounded Ole Miss 42-38.

Behind Muldrow's dominance inside and outside, South Carolina grabbed its first halftime lead in six games. Muldrow hit a 3-pointer and a bucket to put the Gamecocks up 69-55 over the confused Rebels.

With Warren on the court, though, Ole Miss is rarely out of it. The SEC's No. 2 scorer led the rally with a three-point play and his eighth 3-pointer.

Muldrow, though, was the senior with the final response that Warren couldn't match. It was Muldrow's sixth game with double-figure points and rebounds.

This one didn't start so well for the Gamecocks, either. Warren had four 3-pointers the first 9 minutes as Ole Miss led 21-13.

Then the Rebels went cold and the Gamecocks played like they hadn't in some time with a 16-2 run to move in front. Muldrow hit a 3-pointer to start the run and Brian Richardson kept it going with another 3. When Ramon Galloway followed a short jumper with three foul shots, the Gamecocks were ahead 29-23.

South Carolina ended the half up 38-34, the first time since a 64-56 win over LSU on Feb. 2 that it held the lead at the break.

Ramon Galloway had 15 points for the Gamecocks while Malik Cooke added 13 and Damontre Harris 11.

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