OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Dwayne Curtis had 23 points and 11 rebounds to help Mississippi beat Arkansas 81-72 on Tuesday.
David Huertas scored 19 points, including 14 in the second half, and the Rebels (20-9, 6-9 Southeastern Conference) enhanced their chances of an NCAA Tournament berth.Eniel Polynice added 12 points and eight rebounds and Chris Warren put 10 points on the board for the Rebels.Arkansas (19-10, 8-7) never led after the opening five minutes and dropped their third game in the last four starts.The Rebels had an early 10-0 run, highlighted by 3-point shots by Warren and Polynice, to build an 18-11 lead and increased the advantage to 39-35 by halftime.Arkansas pulled within two points early in the second half, but Ole Miss put together eight consecutive points with 7:37 left to build their biggest lead at 66-51 on a 3-pointer by Huertas. Arkansas never got closer than six points again.The Rebels were 18-of-25 from the free throw line, including seven in the final minute to preserve the win. Ole Miss improved to 5-3 against teams in the RPI Top 50 and have recorded 20 wins in consecutive seasons.Arkansas was 29-of-67 from the field. The Razorbacks had only nine turnovers, but were only 5-of-19 from 3-point range and were outrebounded 37-33 to halt any comeback hopes.Patrick Beverley scored 19 points for the Razorbacks and Darian Townes and Gary Ervin chipped in 18 apiece.