Ole Miss Downs Alabama in SEC Opener, 71-61,

Jan. 7, 2006

Final Stats

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Dwayne Curtis had 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead streaking Mississippi to a 71-61 win over Alabama Saturday night in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.

The Rebels (11-3) have won five games in a row and snapped an eight-game losing streak at Coleman Coliseum dating back to 1998.

The Crimson Tide (7-6) led by as many as 10 points late in the first half, but went into a funk after leading scorer Chuck Davis was lost for the game with an injured right knee.

The extent of his injury wasn't immediately made available.

Londrick Nolen scored 15 points for Ole Miss, off to its best season in four years. Bam Doyne had 12 of his 13 points in the second half and Todd Abernethy scored 11.

Jermareo Davidson scored a career-high 25 points along with nine rebounds and four blocked shots for the Tide. Brandon Hollinger added 13 points and Richard Hendrix 12.

Davidson opened the second half with a dunk to give Alabama a 32-23 lead but then the Tide went nearly five minutes without scoring.

Ole Miss scored 13 consecutive points en route to a 24-7 run and then held off a late Alabama rally.

The Tide cut it to 62-59 on Davidson's basket and free throw with 1:55 left. Then Curtis scored inside and Nolen took a defensive rebound the distance for an easy layup.

Alabama's struggling shooters missed five consecutive 3-pointers on one possession in the final minute. The Tide was 3-of-15 on 3s and Ron Steele was 0-for-10 shooting with two points.

Davis's injury created further problems for an already thin Tide team that fell from the Top 25 in December.

Davis remained down while his team ran the ball up the court after a miss by the Rebels and watched most of the second half in sweats. He is the league's No. 4 scorer, averaging 17.8 points and 5.3 rebounds.


 

 

Ole Miss was the team that couldn't score early. The Rebels didn't reach 20 points until Brian Smith's 3-pointer with 59 seconds left in the first half and went into the lockerroom down 30-23.

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