Oklahoma stifles Ole Miss to win ESPN Events Invitational

Consecutive layups by Bijan Cortes gave Oklahoma the lead for good and the Sooners shut out Mississippi over the final 4:26 for a 59-55 victory in Sunday’s ESPN Events Invitational championship game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.Grant Sherfield led four players in double figures for Oklahoma (6-1) with 12 points. The Sooners swept Nebraska, Seton Hall and previously unbeaten Mississippi (6-1) en route to the title.Amaree Abram had a game-high 17 points for the Rebels, who had beaten Stanford and Siena to reach the finals.After a seesaw first 30 minutes during which the Sooners built a 48-42 lead, Mississippi appeared on the verge of taking control of the game for the first time after a 13-4 burst that featured seven points from Abram.But down 55-52 with just 4:26 remaining, Oklahoma saved its best for last — especially on the defensive end. Ole Miss missed its final eight shots, including five 3-point attempts.Meanwhile, Cortes’ layups gave the Sooners the lead for good at the 3:13 mark. After Jalen Hill added a short-range hoop of his own, Oklahoma had a 58-55 lead with 2:16 to play.A free throw by Oklahoma’s Tanner Groves with 22 seconds left was the only scoring after that.

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