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White scores 27 as Ole Miss tops Troy 84-65 in NIT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Terrico White scored 27 points to lead Mississippi to an 84-65 victory over Troy on Wednesday night in the first round of the NIT.

White and the second-seeded Rebels (22-10) made things look easy against the seventh-seeded Trojans (20-13), the Sun Belt regular-season champions. White and Chris Warren, who scored 16 points, helped spark a 20-5 first-half run that broke a 25-25 tie and propelled the Rebels to a 45-30 halftime lead.

Ole Miss continued to add to its lead early in the second half by scoring the first six points of the period.

The Rebels led by 22 at 57-35 when White hit 1 of 2 free throws at the 15-minute mark. Troy pulled within 12 of the Rebels with 10:51 left with the aid of an 11-0 run, but the Rebels responded by scoring eight straight points to push the lead back to 20 points.