The Ole Miss basketball team is getting used to close games.
Fortunately for coach Andy Kennedy and fans of the Rebels, they are getting used to winning them too.
Deandre Burnett, a transfer from Miami (Fla.), scored 41 points to lead the Rebels to a 95-88 overtime victory over Oral Roberts on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Paradise Jam tournament on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
After a two-point win in the season opener and a three-point win in game two, Ole Miss (3-0) climbed back from a late deficit in regulation to stay perfect on the season against Oral Roberts (1-2).
The back-and-forth game featured 18 ties, perfect for Kennedy’s battle-tested bunch.
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Player of the game: Deandre Burnett
Burnett came into the game averaging 17.5 points per game. He had 17 points in the first half on Friday.
His heroics late in regulation helped spurs the overtime session, as he had a layup and a 3-pointer in the final minute to tied up a game that was a five-point deficit with 1:16 to play.
Burnett’s 41 points and nine 3-pointers set Paradise Jam records in the 17-year history of the event.
Stat line of the game: Long-range shooting
Defense was in short supply on this one, as the teams were efficient shooting throughout.
The Rebels finished 12 of 26 (46.2 percent) from 3-point range, combating Oral Roberts, which shot 11 of 19 from long range, for a 57.9-percent clip.
Turning point: End of regulation
Oral Roberts looked pretty comfortable after an Aaron Young 3-pointer put the Golden Eagles up 79-74 with 1:16 to play in regulation.
However, after Burnett made a layup, Oral Roberts turned the ball over in the backcourt to give the Rebels a chance.
It was Burnett who made them pay with his 37th point in the game, as his 3-pointer tied the game with 33.4 seconds to play.
Oral Roberts could not get a solid shot on its final possession and the teams went to overtime.
What’s next for Ole Miss basketball
The Rebels will play Saint Joseph’s in the semifinals of the Paradise Jam at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday. The semifinal winners will meet at 8:30 p.m. on Monday in the final on CBSSN.
Saint Joseph’s (3-0) topped Loyola Chicago 71-57 on Friday in the Paradise Jam opener, paced by 26 points from Lamarr Kimble.
Ole Miss vs. Oral Roberts box score