Rebels Knock Gamecocks Out Of Tourney

ATLANTA (AP) _ Chris Warren scored 20 points and Mississippi won

a game of spurts, pulling away from South Carolina 66-55 Thursday

in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

The final run was the decisive one for the Rebels (20-12), who

came into Atlanta knowing their only shot at the NCAAs was probably

to win four games in four days. After South Carolina (14-16) closed

to 50-45 with 9{ minutes to go, Ole Miss put it away with an 11-1


The Rebels advanced to face No. 15 Kentucky in the quarterfinals

Friday with their first win in the tournament since 2007.

South Carolina’s season ended with a 20-of-67 performance (30

percent) from the field. Ramon Galloway led the Gamecocks with 17