Mississippi 81, Alabama A&M 57
OXFORD, Miss. (AP)—Dwayne Curtis scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds Friday as Mississippi defeated Alabama A&M 81-57.
Clarence Sanders scored 23 points, Kenny Williams had 13 points and 13 rebounds and Bam Doyne added 11 points for Ole Miss (11-2). The Rebels finished unbeaten in nonconference home games.
The Rebels have won 20 of their last 21 nonconference home games, including 11 straight. Ole Miss is off to its best start since 2000-01, when the Rebels started 11-0 and eventually advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
Cornelius Hester led Alabama A&M (5-5) with 19 points, 18 coming in the first half. Trant Simpson added 17 points for the Bulldogs.
Sanders connected on five consecutive shots in the opening five minutes, including four 3-pointers. The Rebels used the surge to take a 16-11 lead and never trailed again.
Ole Miss led 44-34 at halftime and continued to pull away in the second half. Alabama A&M came no closer than 12 points in the final 15 minutes. The biggest lead came at 77-51 on a Curtis layup with 4:08 left.