Ole Miss continues surge, takes down No. 24 Missouri

Devontae Shuler scored 14 points as the Ole Miss Rebels defeated the No. 24 Missouri Tigers 60-53 Tuesday night in Columbia, Mo., to bolster their NCAA Tournament quest.Ole Miss (13-9, 8-7 SEC) has won five of its last six games while making their case to the tournament selection committee.Romello White, Luis Rodriguez and Jarkel Joiner each added 10 points for the Rebels, who have won 15 of their 18 meetings with Missouri (14-7, 7-7). The Rebels routed the Tigers 80-59 earlier this season.Kobe Brown led Missouri with 12 points. Mark Smith scored 11 points and Jeremiah Tilmon had 10 points and 10 rebounds.The Tigers have lost four of their last five games.Ole Miss outrebounded Missouri 41-32 and grabbed 15 offensive rebounds.The Rebels started fast, taking a 9-4 lead with White rolling to the basket for six early points.Ole Miss sustained defensive pressure on the Tigers while forcing six turnovers in the first eight minutes of the game. The Rebels forged 17-12 and 21-17 leads, but each time the Tigers reeled them in.