AUBURN, Ala. — Ole Miss made history on a night when it was plagued with a bevy of misses at the free-throw line. The No. 23 Rebels overcame a dreadful 4-for-17 shooting night from the charity stripe Saturday to defeat the Auburn Tigers 63-61 in front of a capacity and hostile crowd of 8,740 at Auburn Arena.
The victory was historic for the Rebels in that it gave them their sixth triumph in Southeastern Conference play to start the year, a mark that had never been achieved by any other team. Ole Miss (17-2 overall) didn’t make earning a road win easy as missed free throws not only prevented points from being put up on the scoreboard, it gave Auburn (8-11, 2-4 SEC) confidence to keep fighting and possibly knock off its first ranked opponent of the year.