Postseason NIT – Mississippi vs Syracuse Final 85-80 – Recap

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MISSISSIPPI REBELS SYRACUSE ORANGE
21-13 March 18, 11:00 AM | Carrier Dome 19-14
Mississippi at Syracuse, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 11:00 AM ET, Saturday, March 18, 2017
Where: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York
TV: 11 a.m. ET, ESPN

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Saturday, March 18th – NIT TOURNAMENT – SECOND ROUND 

Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
533 –Ole Miss Rebels +7 -110  +260 Ov 158½ -115
534 –Syracuse Orange -7 -110  -310 Un 158½ -105
 
Mississippi at Syracuse
Final 1 2 T
MISS 36 49 85
SYR 38 42 80

Mississippi got 30 points from Terence Davis en route to a 85-80 victory over Syracuse on Saturday at Carrier Dome.

Bettors who backed Mississippi were also rewarded, as they covered the closing number as an underdog of +7.0 at sportsbooks.

Deandre Burnett had 19 points for Mississippi and Cullen Neal chipped in with 15 points. Deandre Burnett had 9 assists for them, while Sebastian Saiz was the team’s top rebounder, grabbing 12 boards.

Syracuse got 18 points from Andrew White III in a losing cause and another 18 points from Taurean Thompson. John Gillon contributed 8 assists for them, while Tyler Lydon had 14 rebounds.

Mississippi trailed at halftime, $HalfScore.

The rebound battle favored Syracuse as they grabbed 34 boards, while Mississippi only had 33

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Guards Terence Davis and Deandre Burnett combined for 11 3-pointers on Saturday to carry Mississippi to an 85-80 victory over top-seeded Syracuse in a National Invitation Tournament second-round game before 9,556 fans at the Carrier Dome.

Ole Miss shot 46.9 percent from 3-point range (15 for 32), including six consecutive treys at the end of the first half and start of the second half to turn a nine-point deficit into a seven-point advantage.

Davis scored 30 points on 11 for 14 shooting (6 for 7 from 3-point range), and Burnett added 19 on 7 for 11 shooting (5 for 9 from beyond the arc).

Cullen Neal chipped in with 15 points and Sebastian Saiz grabbed 12 rebounds for Ole Miss, the fifth seed in the Syracuse Region of the NIT.

In the third round, the Rebels (22-13) will face the winner of Sunday’s second-round game between No. 6 Georgia Tech (18-15) and No. 7 Belmont (23-6) in Atlanta.

Andrew White and Taurean Thompson each scored 18 points for Syracuse (19-15), and Tyler Lydon recorded his ninth double-double of the season with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

The Orange, which was the first team out of the NCAA Tournament, won 17 of 20 games at the Carrier Dome this season before Saturday.

The Rebels’ six consecutive 3-pointers at the end of the first half and start of the second half — three by Davis and three by Burnett — gave the Rebels a 45-38 lead.

But with freshman guard Tyus Battle leading the way, the Orange pulled within one, 64-63, on Battle’s third 3-pointer of the second half.

White, who missed his first seven 3-point shots, heated up with three treys, the third of which got Syracuse even at 74-74 with 3:40 remaining.

Ole Miss responded with two more 3-pointers, including Burnett’s trey from the top of the key with the shot clock winding down, to give the Rebels an 82-78 lead.

Lydon and backup point guard Frank Howard combined for all the points in a 12-0 Orange run that turned a 3-point deficit into Syracuse’s largest lead of the first half, 34-25.

But even with Saiz on the bench with two fouls, the Rebels cut the Orange’s lead to 38-36 at the half thanks to three late 3-pointers, including Burnett’s with one second remaining.

Syracuse missed its first nine 3-point shots and shot 2 for 13 overall from beyond the arc in the first half.

White and Battle, who combined for 54 points in the Orange’s first-round win over UNC Greensboro, shot a combined 0 for 8 in the first half (0 for 6 from 3-point range). They combined for 30 points in the second half.

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