Tolbert leads Auburn to 80-77 victory over No. 18 Mississippi

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Frank Tolbert scored 29 points and DeWayne Reed had 21, to lead Auburn to an 80-77 victory over Number 18 Mississippi.

The win keeps the Rebels from matching the best start in school history.

Quantez Robertson's 3-pointer from the right corner broke a 70-all tie with 1 minute left for the Tigers (11-5, 2-2 Southeastern Conference).

Eniel Polynice of Mississippi (15-2, 2-2) then missed a 3 at the other end.

Tolbert made four straight free throws and Auburn went 7-of-10 from the line over the final 39 seconds to keep Ole Miss from tying after twice pulling within three points.

Ole Miss was trying to match its 16-and-1 start in the 1925-26 season but fell short with yet another close one in the S-E-C.

The Rebels' first four league games have been decided by a total of 10 points.

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