Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy called the play down the stretch of Marshall Henderson and Jarvis Summers "huge."
Summers and Henderson combined for 11 of Mississippi's last 12 points over the final 5:36, leading the undefeated Rebels to a 79-76 victory Saturday against Penn State in the championship of the Barclays Center Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Henderson and Summers each had 19 points.
"Jarvis is our leading scorer coming in and he was in foul trouble both games here but he is our most experienced player and when they hit us in the mouth in the second half he got in his rhythm," Kennedy said.
Henderson gave the Rebels (6-0) the lead for good at 69-68 on a drive with 5:36 to play. That was the start of the run by he and Summers.
D.J. Newbill got Penn State within 75-74 with a vicious dunk on a break after a Rebels turnover, but Henderson made three free throws with 1:14 left to make it a four-point lead.
Newbill had 23 points to lead Penn State (6-2), which had a five-game winning streak snapped. Ross Travis had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Nittany Lions, but Tim Frazier, who had 29 points in the 89-82 semifinal win against St. John's, was held to nine points on 3-for-13 shooting. Frazier had 10 assists.
Mississippi opened a 13-point lead early in the game and Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said that was the difference even with the lead changing hands in the second half.
"I am thoroughly disappointed in the way we started the game," Chambers said. "We can't start games like that against a team with guards who can shoot like that."
Other men's game
■ Delaware 86, Robert Morris 67: Jarvis Threatt scored 24 points and Davon Usher added 22 for host Delaware (5-3), which overcame Karvel Anderson's game-high 25 points for Robert Morris (3-6).
■ Penn State 72, Illinois State 60: Maggie Lucas scored 25 points to earn MVP honors as No. 14 Penn State (5-1) won its second Junkanoo Jam title, topping Illinois State (1-4).
■ Winthrop 62, Robert Morris 53: Artemis Spanou notched her 30th consecutive double-double, posting 14 points and 12 rebounds, but Robert Morris (3-3) lost to visiting Winthrop (5-2).
■ West Virginia 85, Youngstown State 58: Bria Holmes scored 19 points, Christal Caldwell had 17 and West Virginia (5-1) trounced host Youngstown State (1-4).