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January 27, 2013

AUBURN BASKETBALL: Tigers drop 4th straight in loss to Ole Miss

AUBURN — A fourth straight loss for Auburn came with some signs of hope for coach Tony Barbee.

Marshall Henderson scored 15 points and made the game-winning foul shots with 7 seconds remaining to lift No. 23 Mississippi over the Tigers 63-61 on Saturday night.

"I am disappointed in the loss, but I am proud of the way they fought in this game," Barbee said. "It is like I told the guys, we all wanted to win. They were fighting their tails off to win, but it is a key indication that when we don't care who gets the glory and we are doing this together and doing it for each other, we are a pretty good team.

Ole Miss was an embarrassing 2 for 15 at the line before Henderson came through.

"We weren't very efficient from the foul line," coach Andy Kennedy said. "We were close to 50 percent from the 3, but when you go 4 for 17 from the foul line and you can still find a way to grind out a road SEC win, I think it speaks to the character of this group and their will to win."

Henderson went to the free throw stripe with the score tied after an off-the-ball foul was called on Shaq Johnson as Ole Miss (17-2, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) was inbounding under its own basket. Frankie Sullivan's last-second heave for Auburn was off the mark, and the Rebels escaped.

"We had our opportunities. The game wasn't lost on that last play. The game was lost because we had some guys that had wide open looks all night long that didn't convert. All night long and we shoot 36 percent."

LaDarius White led Ole Miss with 17 points and Jarvis Summers added 14.

Chris Denson had 18 points for Auburn (8-11, 2-4).

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