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    SEC Men's Basketball Roundup: Sunday, December 8

    Illinois 81, Auburn 62
    Oregon 115, Ole Miss 105 (OT)


    Illinois shuts down cold-shooting Auburn

    AUBURN, Ala. -- Tony Barbee said his team exhibited some physical play, and that was good. But Auburn's coach wasn't pleased with his team's overall play, not in an 81-62 loss to Illinois on Sunday in Philips Arena.

    Auburn trailed 41-17 at the half and trailed by 31 in the second half before a rally in the closing minutes. Barbee said not to read too much into that. The game had long turned by then.

    "We let our anemic offense…how many possessions in a row did we go and not score?" Barbee asked. "When the game matters, and it's in the balance, and you've got to make those same plays, you've got to make them. You've got to make the plays when the game matters."

    KT Harrell scored a career-high 23 points for Auburn. Tahj Shamsid-Deen scored 13. Rayvonte Rice led Illinois with 22.

    Auburn shot only 26 percent from the field in the first, improving to 52 percent in the second. Harrell and Shamsid-Deen combined for 30 of Auburn’s 45 second-half points.

    Auburn didn't in falling to 4-3. Illinois improved to 9-1.

    Barbee shook up his lineup, switching around his big men.

    "We're not getting any production out of our 4s and 5s. Nothing," Barbee said.

    Auburn hung around early in the game. "Wasn't a bad first half, it was a bad last 10 minutes to the first half. The first 10 minutes was going how I thought the game would go," Barbee said.

    Auburn will be off for finals until playing Clemson on Dec. 19.

    Ole Miss Falls To No. 13 Oregon

    OXFORD, Miss. -- Senior Marshall Henderson hit a school-record 10 3-pointers and poured in a career-high 39 points, but it wasn't enough as Ole Miss fell to No. 13 Oregon 115-105 in overtime Sunday.

    Mike Moser scored 22 of his 24 points in the second half and overtime to lead the Ducks over the Rebels. Johnathan Loyd added 23 points, and Joseph Young had 19, including an important 3-pointer in overtime to push the Ducks (8-0) ahead 100-93 with 1:59 remaining.

    Six Oregon players scored in double figures during an entertaining game that stayed close throughout. The Ducks shot 38 of 65 (58.5 percent) percent from the field.

    The 6-foot-2 Henderson made 11 of 27 shots from the field, including 10 of 23 from 3-point range.

    The final minute of regulation was wild, with Ole Miss hitting three difficult 3-pointers in the last 40 seconds to climb out of an 86-80 hole. Henderson made two, and Jarvis Summers nailed an off-balance 22-footer to tie it at 89 with 0.8 seconds left.

    The Rebels even had a chance to win in regulation after Oregon threw its inbounds pass out of bounds, but Henderson's last gasp 3-pointer clanged off the rim.

    But it wasn't enough to top the Ducks, who simply couldn't miss for most of the afternoon. The 6-foot-8 Moser made 8 of 13 shots from the field, alternating drives to the basket with 3-pointers, and Loyd had 15 assists and made 14 of 16 free throws.

    The Rebels stayed even with the Ducks because of tough post play from Demarco Cox and Aaron Jones and timely outside shooting from Henderson, Summers and LaDarius White.

    Ole Miss pushed out to a 62-55 advantage on Henderson's 3-pointer with 9:07 remaining, but the Ducks never flinched. Moser had 10 points in a row midway through the second half, single-handedly pushing Oregon ahead 67-65.

    Derrick Millinghaus scored 15 points for the Rebels and LaDarius White added 13.