Deandre Burnett and Terence Davis both scored 17 points and Ole Miss made four straight 3-pointers during a late stretch to give the Rebels an 81-74 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday.
Justas Furmanavicius and Breein Tyree both added 11 points for the Rebels (14-9, 5-5 SEC), who have won six of their last seven against the Commodores (11-12, 4-6).
The Rebels’ Sebastian Saiz recorded his Southeastern Conference-leading 16th double-double with 16 rebounds and 10 points.
Jeff Roberson led Vanderbilt with a career-high 21 points, including three 3-pointers. Vanderbilt had 14 3-pointers to nine for Ole Miss.
Luke Kornet, who became the NCAA’s all-time top 3-point-shooting 7-footer on Tuesday, pulled the Commodores within 77-74 with his fourth 3-pointer with 24.7 seconds left.
With at least two NBA scouts at the game, the 7-foot-1 senior scored 18 points and raised his career 3-point total to 136. Matthew Fisher-Davis added 13 points.
Ole Miss built an 11-point lead late in the game, but Vanderbilt pulled to within 68-65 on consecutive 3-pointers by Nolan Cressler and Joe Toye with 2:25 left.
The Rebels had taken a 60-49 lead with 7:17 left after making four straight 3-pointers during a 12-2 run.
Ole Miss opened the second half with a 9-2 run, giving the Rebels a 36-34 advantage for their first lead since early in the game.
Vanderbilt led for most of the first 20 minutes, forging a 32-27 halftime lead.
The sight of Vanderbilt’s first-year coach Bryce Drew probably brings up bad memories for many longtime Rebels fans.
Drew’s 3-pointer as time expired gave 13th-seeded Valparaiso a 70-69 upset of No. 4 Ole Miss in the first round of the 1998 NCAA Tournament.
The Rebels kept their NCAA Tournament chances alive with an important road win.
The Commodores’ postseason chances slipped after a first-half lead evaporated at home.