Rebels Outlast Tennessee At Home



Jan. 17, 2017

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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Senior Sebastian Saiz and sophomore Terence Davis each posted double-doubles to help erase a 13-point deficit in the second half as Ole Miss outlasted Tennessee 80-69 Tuesday.

With 17 points and 10 rebounds, Saiz became just the sixth player in Ole Miss history to post 1,000 career points and 800 career rebounds. Davis scored 20 points with 11 rebounds as the Rebels closed with a 12-2 run in the final three minutes knock off the Vols

Breein Tyree and Justas Furmanavicius scored 15 apiece. The Rebels held Tennessee without a field goal in the final 4:13, setting up the decisive late surge.

"We really needed it. We were desperate for a win," Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. "Our roster is really limited by injuries but we played with energy and I'm pleased with how we closed this game."

Robert Hubbs III and Lamonte Turner with 15 points apiece for Tennessee (9-9, 2-4). Jordan Bowden added 14 points as the Vols finished 25 of 71 (35 percent) from the field, including 10 consecutive misses to close the game.

"When they punched back in the second half, we didn't punch," Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said. "They played harder. They played with passion. No ifs, ands or buts about it, this was a total Tennessee team loss."

Ole Miss was 26 of 54 (48 percent) from the field, despite shooting 1 of 14 from 3-point range. The Rebels out rebounded Tennessee 50-42

Senior Rasheed Brooks collapsed from a seizure during a timeout with 17:21 remaining in the seond half and was transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He is listed as stable and undergoing futher testing.

"Its my understanding he is stable, conscious, but he does not remember anything and he is still going through tests," said Kennedy in the post game press conference. "It was a frightening moment for all of us and our prayers are with him. I turned my back and felt him fall against me, but I thought it was cramps. We were emotionally devastated to see Rasheed suffering and it was hard for our players to go back out there."

Saiz leads the SEC with 12 double-double performances, ranking him sixth nationally. Saiz is one of only six players in school history to pass the 1000-points, 800-rebounds mark.


 

 

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