Ole Miss Suffers OT Road Loss At No. 9 Tennessee

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Despite leading for much of the afternoon, No. 21 Ole Miss could not hold off No. 9 Tennessee on the road in a 71-69 overtime setback Saturday.

The Rebels, who led by as many as 12 in the game, went ahead 65-64 with 1:17 left in OT on a 4-point play by Terrico White.

But Wayne Chism, who scored a game-high 26 points, hit six consecutive free throws in the final minute for Tennessee (14-2, 2-0 Southeastern Conference). The Volunteers had hit only 60 percent of its free throws before DeAundre Cranston's fifth foul sent Chism to the line with 49 seconds left and UT down by one.

Chris Warren helped Ole Miss (13-4, 1-2) control most of regulation with his shooting, but he coughed up the ball twice after Chism's late free throws.

Warren, who missed what would have been a game-winning 3-point shot just before time expired, led the Rebels with 19 points while Cranston grabbed 11 rebounds.

White scored 17 points and Zach Graham added 16.

The Vols struggled against the Rebels' half-court defense and failed to get the ball inside to Chism early. Their shooting didn't help as they made a measly 28.9 percent before halftime, but the Rebels weren't much better at 32.1 percent.

Every time Tennessee would cut Ole Miss' margin to one possession, Warren and company would answer with a few big jump shots to build their lead back up.

Tennessee's cause seemed lost when Warren hit a 3 that gave the Rebels a 52-40 lead with 9:18 left. But Chism's consecutive 3-pointers followed another from walk-on Josh Bone and gave Tennessee a 55-54 lead with 5:23 left.


 

 

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