Tight fin­ish

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COLLEGE BASKETBALL -

Ole Miss has won six of its past eight games, in­clud­ing back-to-back nail-biters, co­in­cid­ing with guard Dean­dre Bur­nett’s im­prove­ment from a high an­kle sprain.

The Rebels fol­lowed an 87-82 over­time road vic­tory at Mis­sis­sippi State on Tues­day with an 80-77 vic­tory over Mis­souri on Satur­day.

“I’m used to them,” Rebels Coach Andy Kennedy said of the tight out­comes. “Our mar­gin for er­ror is just too small. Typ­i­cally, if it’s a blowout it’s not go­ing to be good for us. So I want them close.”

Bur­nett scored 28 points, hit­ting 13 of 14 free throws and 5 of 8 three-pointer, in the vic­tory against the Tigers.

Bur­nett suf­fered a high an­kle sprain in Jan­uary and the Rebels lost four of six games dur­ing his re­cov­ery. Bur­nett led the team in scor­ing in eight of its first 15 games, but did it once in an 11-game span af­ter the in­jury be­fore he scored 27 points in Ole Miss’ 98-80 loss at Arkansas on Feb. 18.

The Rebels (18-11, 9-7 SEC), likely a fringe NCAA Tour­na­ment team at best, fin­ish with a harder slate than they’ve been play­ing, with a road date at Alabama on Wed­nes­day and a home game against South Carolina on Satur­day.

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