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Middle Tennessee State upsets Mississippi 65-62

Middle Tennessee State upsets Mississippi 65-62

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) Kerry Hammonds' baseline jump shot with 40 seconds remaining and late foul shots, and Middle Tennessee State handed Mississippi its first loss of the season with a 65-62 win on Saturday.

Marcos Knight's 14 points led the Blue Raiders (7-2). Hammonds' shot broke a 59-59 tie, and MTSU made 4-of-6 free throws to finish off the win.

Ole Miss, which had the nation's best turnover margin, committed a season-high 18 turnovers against MTSU's swarming defense. And the Rebels, ranked second nationally in scoring (87-point average), never found an offensive rhythm.

MTSU beat Southeastern Conference opponents in back-to-back seasons for the first time in program history. The Blue Raiders defeated Ole Miss in last year's regular season and beat Tennessee in the National Invitational Tournament. It was MTSU's first home win over an SEC team since beating Vanderbilt 93-90 in overtime on Feb. 1, 1995.

Raymond Cintron had 10 points on 3-of-4 3-pointers for MTSU.

Ole Miss sharp-shooter Marshall Henderson was held to only two points in the first half, and MTSU went ahead 33-29 at halftime. Henderson finished with a game-high 17 points to for the Rebels (6-1), who played their first road game of the season. Murphy Holloway and Nick Williams added 11 points apiece.

Ole Miss led most of the first half until MTSU's 11-0 run turned the tide. Bruce Massey picked an Ole Miss pocket for one of his three steals to set up J.T. Sulton's layup and foul for a three-point play. Massey's missed layup was then followed by Shawn Jones for a put back dunk. Cintron followed with a 3-pointer, and another Ole Miss turnover led to Trantell Knight's three-point play for a 33-26 lead. MTSU was up 33-29 at the break.

Ole Miss took back the lead with a seven-point spurt, as Henderson's 3-pointer pushed it to 38-35 early in the second half. MTSU countered with back-to-back 3-pointers by Cintron and Hammonds to ultimately go ahead 47-42 at the 11:30 media timeout.

Ole Miss erased MTSU's 59-52 lead with seven straight points in only 86 seconds, capped by Henderson's game-tying 3-pointer from 25 feet with 2:06 remaining.

Hammonds buried the go-ahead jumper over Henderson, who slipped trying to defend penetration, for a 61-59 lead. On the other end, Holloway missed a wide-open 3-pointer.

MTSU's Sulton made two foul shots, and both Massey and Cintron hit 1-of-2 from the line to secure the victory.

Did Anthony Cowan deserve the technical foul that ended his night vs. Ohio State?

Did Anthony Cowan deserve the technical foul that ended his night vs. Ohio State?

Anthony Cowan was handed a technical foul late in the second half of Maryland's matchup with Ohio State that resulted in his disqualification.

Cowan, with four personal fouls at the time, was hammered on a layup attempt with 3:54 left in the contest against the Buckeyes. He had cut the Buckeyes' lead to 64-59 and thought he was headed to the free-throw line for an and-1. He was not. 

After no whistle was blown, Cowan reacted, kicking his foot in the air in disbelief. He was then given the technical. which was his fifth and final foul. Maryland didn't have its star point guard for the final 3:54 of a tight game. 

Cowan had picked up his third foul with 7:08 left in the game and then No. 4 exactly two minutes later. 

Twitter lit into the officiating that played a major factor in a very important conference game between the two squads.

Maryland ended up losing the matchup to the Buckeyes 79-72, but it didn't lose ground in the conference standings.

Penn State lost Sunday afternoon, too, so Maryland (22-5, 12-4 conference) didn't lose any ground in its quest to win the Big 10 regular-season championship for the first time. With four games to go, the Terps still hold a two-game lead over the Nittany Lions, Michigan State, Iowa and Wisconsin in the conference standings. Those teams are all tied at 10-6. 

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Maryland doesn't lose any ground in Big 10 standings after loss to Ohio State

Maryland doesn't lose any ground in Big 10 standings after loss to Ohio State

Maryland suffered a frustrating loss to Ohio State on the road Sunday in a game that featured their best player fouling out thanks to a more than questionable technical foul. 

The bad news for the Terps? They missed a chance to gain ground on Baylor, Gonzaga and San Diego State, who all lost on Saturday, for a top seed in the NCAA tournament. 

The good news is that Penn State lost, too, so Maryland didn't lose any ground in its quest to win the Big 10 regular-season championship for the first time. With four games to go, it still holds a two-game lead over Penn State, Michigan State, Iowa and Wisconsin in the conference standings. 

For the Terps to lose this regular-season title, it would have to be a monumental collapse over the next few weeks.

But the schedule still features some tough games so it isn't over quite yet. Maryland must shake off this most recent loss in Columbus and refocus on a 13-13 Minnesota team. The Terp's final three opponents after that are Michigan State at home, Rutgers on the road and Michigan in College Park. 

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