Shuler had 26 points for Mississippi, and Hinson finished with 16. Khadim Sy added 13 points and seven rebounds.
The teams combined for a whopping 68 free-throw attempts. The Tigers went 26 for 36 at the line, and the Rebels were 24 for 32.
Mississippi got off to a fast start, grabbing a 37-20 halftime lead on Khadim’s layup in the final seconds. The Rebels shot 56% (14 for 25) from the field in the first half, compared to 21.4% (6 for 28) for the Tigers.
Hinson’s 3-pointer made it 48-31 with 12:35 remaining. The Tigers then got back in the game with 12-0 run, closing to 48-43 on McLemore’s jumper.
The Tigers used a 13-3 spurt to tie at 64 with 2:07 left. McCormick capped the surge with a layup.
Shuler made two free throws with 32 seconds to go and two more with 22 seconds left in the first overtime to help extend the game. He went 13 for 18 at the line.
Mississippi’s Breein Tyree, who was leading the SEC in scoring at 18.9 points per game coming into the night, finished with just eight points on 2-for-8 shooting. He fouled out with about five minutes left in regulation.
Auburn: Led by Okoro and Austin Wiley, who also had nine boards, the Tigers enjoyed a 45-33 rebounding advantage. They had 16 offensive rebounds and a 19-6 lead in second-chance points. It was an important rally considering the team’s tough upcoming schedule.
Mississippi: The Rebels shot just 33.3% (7 for 21) in the second half.
Auburn: Hosts No. 13 Kentucky on Saturday.
Mississippi: Visits No. 22 LSU on Saturday.
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