GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Dwayne Curtis scored 21 points and Mississippi held DePaul without a field goal in the final 8 1/2 minutes in a 69-63 victory over the Blue Demons in the San Juan Shootout on Thursday.
Kenny Williams had 10 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, Chris Warren scored 11 points and David Huertas added 10 for the Rebels (9-0). Curtis was 7-for-8 from the free-throw line.Draelon Burns scored 17 points, Karron Clarke had 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Wesley Green added 10 points for DePaul (2-6). Burns was 12-for-12 from the line, but the Blue Demons shot just 6-for-22 from the field in the second half.Clarke hit two free throws to give DePaul its last lead at 61-60 with 4:11 left in the game. Curtis' layup 17 seconds later gave the Rebels the lead for good, and he made two free throws with 2 1/2 minutes left to stretch Mississippi's advantage to 64-61.Burns made two free throws a minute later to pull the Blue Demons within one, but Warren hit a 3 with 33 seconds left to make it 67-63. Curtis, the reigning SEC player of the week, hit two more free throws with 9 seconds left to seal Mississippi's win.The Blue Demons led 31-27 at halftime, the first time all season the Rebels have trailed at the break.The teams changed leads several times with DePaul building moving five points ahead three times.