CHARLESTON, S.C. — Darryl Morsell scored 22 points, Justin Lewis added a career-best 21 points and nine rebounds and Marquette beat Mississippi 78-72 in the opening round of the Charleston Classic.
Marquette plays in the winner’s bracket, and OIe Miss the loser’s bracket. Lewis scored the Golden Eagles’ first 11 second-half points, including a pair of 3s 27 seconds apart before Morsell added another to give them their first lead of the game at 47-46 with 13:13 to go.
There were six lead changes and four ties before Lewis and Joplin each hit a 3-pointer in a 10-1 spurt that gave Marquette the lead for good at 67-60 with 3:55 to go.
Jarkel Joiner and Nysier Brooks scored 13 points apiece and for Ole Miss.