Eight Mississippi players kneeled during the national anthem in response to a Confederacy rally near the arena before the Rebels’ 72-71 victory over Georgia on Saturday.

With the teams lined up across the court at free throw lines, six players took a knee and bowed at the start of the “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Two other players later joined them.

The Confederacy demonstration took place a few hundred feet from the arena. In the aftermath of violence at a similar rally in 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Oxford community has been on alert. Various student groups held counter-protests on campus Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, one began on the city square and ended at the Confederate monument in the heart of the Ole Miss campus

Georgia's Derek Ogbeide (34) is defended by Mississippi center Dominik Olejniczak (13) and forward KJ Buffen (14) during an NCAA college basketball game in Oxford, Miss. (Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle via AP)
Georgia’s Derek Ogbeide (34) is defended by Mississippi center Dominik Olejniczak (13) and forward KJ Buffen (14) during an NCAA college basketball game in Oxford, Miss. (Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle via AP)

Breein Tyree led Ole Miss (19-8, 9-5 Southeastern Conference) with 17 points. Devontae Shuler added 16, and Terence Davis had 13. Rayshaun Hammonds led Georgia (10-17, 1-13) with 16 points.

Georgia opened the second half on a 14-2 run, taking a 43-51 lead on Jordan Harris’ layup. Shuler hit a 3-pointer with 1:22 remaining to put the Rebels up 72-69. Georgia’s Nicolas Claxton made a jumper to finish the scoring with 1:02 to go.

Tyree Crump missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer for Georgia. The Bulldogs have lost eight straight.

Mississippi forward Bruce Stevens (12) shoots as Georgia's Nicolas Claxton (33) defends during an NCAA college basketball game in Oxford, Miss. (Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle via AP)
Mississippi forward Bruce Stevens (12) shoots as Georgia’s Nicolas Claxton (33) defends during an NCAA college basketball game in Oxford, Miss. (Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle via AP)

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Georgia: Hosts Auburn on Wednesday night.

Ole Miss: Hosts No. 5 Tennessee on Wednesday night.

Georgia's William Jackson II is defended by Mississippi guard Devontae Shuler (2) during an NCAA college basketball game in Oxford, Miss. (Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle via AP)
Georgia’s William Jackson II is defended by Mississippi guard Devontae Shuler (2) during an NCAA college basketball game in Oxford, Miss. (Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle via AP)

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Mississippi guard Breein Tyree (4) shoots against Georgia's Christian Harrison (11) during an NCAA college basketball game in Oxford, Miss. (Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle via AP)
Mississippi guard Breein Tyree (4) shoots against Georgia’s Christian Harrison (11) during an NCAA college basketball game in Oxford, Miss. (Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle via AP)
Mississippi forward KJ Buffen (14) shoots against Georgia's E'Torrion Wilridge (13) during an NCAA college basketball game in Oxford, Miss. (Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle via AP)
Mississippi forward KJ Buffen (14) shoots against Georgia’s E’Torrion Wilridge (13) during an NCAA college basketball game in Oxford, Miss. (Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle via AP)
Mississippi head coach Kermit Davis talks with a referee during a timeout against Georgia during an NCAA college basketball game in Oxford, Miss. (Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle via AP)
Mississippi head coach Kermit Davis talks with a referee during a timeout against Georgia during an NCAA college basketball game in Oxford, Miss. (Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle via AP)

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