OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Eniel Polynice scored a career-high 28 points and sparked a game-opening 11-0 run Tuesday as Mississippi defeated South Alabama 81-78.
Polynice hit 10 of 15 field goals, including 7 of 11 from 3-point range, and added seven rebounds and four assists.
Ole Miss (2-0) nearly blew a 22-point first-half lead in the final minute. Freshman guard Terrence Watson deflected an inbounds pass by South Alabama (1-1) with 1.5 seconds remaining to preserve the win.
Ole Miss led 51-32 at halftime. Polynice had 21 first-half points while the Rebels shot 61 percent from the field.
South Alabama, trailing 81-73 with 20 seconds remaining, got consecutive baskets by Bennett and forced a turnover to get an opportunity for a game-tying shot with 1.5 seconds left. Watson denied South Alabama's attempt with his deflection after a pair of timeouts.
South Alabama missed nine field goals in the opening five minutes, allowing Ole Miss to slip away early.
The Jaguars were 11 of 23 from 3-point range and forced 15 second-half turnovers to spark the comeback.
Ole Miss has won 13 consecutive nonconference home games dating back to 2005.
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