IT TOOK Mississippi most of the game to put things together, but when the Rebels did, they quickly took over.
Murphy Holloway scored 18 points and Mississippi pulled away in the final minutes to defeat Hawaii, 81-66, Tuesday in the fifth-place game of the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu.
Nick Williams and Marshall Henderson scored 16 points each for the Rebels (10-2), who broke away from a game tied at 63 to finish on an 18-3 run.
"I was proud of the fact that our guys at the end of the game made some adjustments, came up with some loose balls, defensively got a couple of stops, a couple key rebounds allowed us to get out in the open floor and stretch the game," Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy said.
Vander Joaquim led Hawaii (6-5) with 29 points and 15 rebounds.
Also in the tournament:
* Cole Dickerson scored 19 points and San Francisco (6-6) beat East Tennessee State, 67-49. The Buccaneers (2-10) were led by Jarvis Jones' 17 points . . . Manny Arop and RJ Mahurin scored 13 points each and Indiana State (7-4) topped Miami, 57-55, in overtime.
Duke and Michigan remained the top two teams in the Associated Press poll while Syracuse dropped from third to ninth after its first loss, 83-79, to Temple on Saturday. Arizona, Louisville and Indiana all moved up one place to third through fifth. Kansas, which won at Ohio State, moved from ninth to sixth. Missouri, which beat Illinois, jumped from 12th to seventh. Cincinnati advanced from 11th to eighth. Ohio State is No. 10.