Ole Miss Falls to No. 18 Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Grant Williams and Lamonte' Turner scored 17 points each to lead five Tennessee players in double figures Saturday night as the 18th-ranked Volunteers downed Ole Miss 94-61 for their fifth straight victory.
The win enabled Tennessee (17-5, 7-3 SEC) to move into sole possession of second place in the Southeastern Conference. The Vols began the day in a three-way tie for second with No. 21 Kentucky and No. 23 Florida, which both lost Saturday.
Tennessee has won eight of its last nine games while Ole Miss (11-12, 4-6 SEC) has dropped five of its last six.
Admiral Schofield had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Tennessee. Kyle Alexander scored 14 points and Jordan Bowden added 10 for the Vols.
In the second half, Tennessee scored 59 points while shooting 71.4 percent overall (20 of 28) and from 3-point range (10 of 14). Tennessee had 17 assists and just one turnover in the second half.
The changes didn't make much of a difference, as Ole Miss missed 10 of its first 11 shots and scored just three points in the first 5 1/2 minutes of the game.
After trailing 35-25 at halftime, Ole Miss cut Tennessee's lead to 35-32 by scoring the first seven points of the second half on a pair of putbacks by Stevens and Terence Davis' 3-pointer, but Tennessee answered with a 9-0 run and stayed comfortably ahead the rest of the way.
That 9-0 spurt did include one scary moment for Tennessee.
Schofield appeared to hurt his right ankle while defending a 3-point attempt by Davis. He pounded his fist on the court in frustration a few times as he lay on the floor before walking slowly into the locker room.
But he ended up missing less than a minute of action before returning to the game and helping Tennessee pull away.
Ole Miss: The Rebels have struggled in SEC competition whenever leading scorer Deandre Burnett hasn't been on top of his game. Burnett had just seven points and shot 2 of 13 Saturday while going scoreless in the second half. Burnett has averaged 20.8 points in Ole Miss' four SEC wins. He missed one of the Rebels' six SEC losses and has averaged just 9.8 points in the others.
Tennessee: The Vols are on a roll heading into a two-game road swing Tuesday at Kentucky and Feb. 10 at Alabama. But this Tennessee team has played well away from Thompson-Boling Arena so far. The Vols are 5-2 in true road games and went 2-1 in the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas.
Ole Miss hosts Missouri on Tuesday.
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