Mississippi 83, Tennessee 69
OXFORD, Miss. (AP)—Clarence Sanders scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half as Mississippi rallied to defeat Tennessee 83-69 Wednesday night, snapping a two-game losing streak.
Ole Miss (13-7, 2-4) went on a 20-2 run midway through the second half, with Sanders accounting for 13 points in the surge.
Dwayne Curtis scored 18 points, Bam Doyne had 14 and Todd Abernethy added 10 for the Rebels, who have won four of the last six meeting in Oxford with the Vols.
Tennessee (14-6, 2-3) led 51-44 with 11 minutes remaining, before the decisive Ole Miss run.
Tennessee played without Chris Lofton, the SEC’s leading scorer, who injured his ankle in the second half of last Saturday’s win over South Carolina.
Tennessee led 38-28 at halftime, closing with a 25-7 run in the final nine minutes of the opening half. The Vols were 6-of-7 from 3-point range in the surge.
Tennessee held a 51-44 edge with 11:04 left before Sanders ignited the decisive 20-2 charge that gave Ole Miss a lead it never surrendered. The Vols never got closer than nine points in the final six minutes.
JuJuan Smith had 22 points, Ramar Smith had 16 and Josh Tabb added 11 for the Vols.