Rebels Razor Sharp In 70-64 Victory Over Razorbacks

Jan 19, 2002

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By HARRY KING
AP Sports Writer

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Mississippi's Aaron Harper scored eight straight points, undersized Jason Harrison kept his teammates under control, and the Rebels pounded Arkansas on the boards in a 70-64 victory on Saturday.

Harper's mini-explosion occurred during a 13-2 run that put Mississippi (14-4, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) ahead 47-37 and began seconds after the Razorbacks had taken their only lead of the second half. After Arkansas (10-7, 2-3) began to close the gap, there was a wild sequence that prompted Harrison - dribbling with his right hand - to put out his left hand and tell his teammates, "Slow down, slow down."

Brandon Dean's 3 closed the gap to 47-45 and Arkansas had a chance to tie but Emmanuel Wade came from behind to block T.J. Cleveland's layup on a fast break and David Sanders beat his man to the baseline for a three-point play. After a steal, the 5-foot-5 Harrison got the ball up and over J.J. Sullinger - a foot taller - for a layup with 8:39 to play.

The Razorbacks never got closer than five the rest of the way and lost back-to-back home games for only the second time since Bud Walton Arena opened in 1993-94. Florida and LSU defeated the Razorbacks in the 1999-2000 season.

Mississippi had a 46-27 rebounding advantage, including 23 second-chance points. Derrick Allen led the way with 16 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end.

Harper and Sanders scored 17 each for the Rebels. Jannero Pargo led Arkansas with 14.

The Rebels led by five early in the second half, but Arkansas went in front 35-34 when Sullinger caught Berry Jordan's looping pass, stopped and made a layup.

 

 

Immediately, Harrison wormed inside, attracted a bunch of Razorbacks and flipped the ball in the corner to Harper for a 3. Harper's floater in the lane made it 39-35. Pargo missed a difficult shot and Harper hit a 3 from in front of the Mississippi bench.

Sanders drove the baseline and pitched the ball to Wade for a 3 and the first double-digit lead.

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