Men's Basketball Falls to Tennessee

February 17, 1999

Box Score

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Brandon Wharton scored all 25 of his points in the second half as Tennessee overcame an 11-point deficit and won 69-67 at Mississippi on Wednesday night.

Wharton scored 11 of his points in a 17-2 run by Tennessee (17-7, 9-5 Southeastern Conference) that put the Volunteers ahead 56-49. During that seven-minute stretch, Ole Miss didn't make a field goal.

The Volunteers, whose only previous lead had been in the opening minutes of the game, took a 48-47 lead on Wharton's reverse layup with 10:02 left.

Jason Smith's three-point play - including the first Ole Miss field goal since the 12:38 mark - pulled Ole Miss (17-9, 7-6) within 56-52 with 5:43 left.

Tennessee maintained the lead until Michael White's 3-pointer with 2:20 left tied the game at 62-62, the first tie since the start of the game. The game was tied at 66-all after Keith Carter hit a 3-pointer with just a minute left.

Vincent Yarbrough's follow-up jumper put the Volunteers ahead to stay. After Wharton hit the second of free throws with 16.2 seconds left, Ole Miss had two more shots.

Carter missed an open 3-pointer with five seconds left and White's jumper to force overtime was blocked as time expired.

Tony Harris added 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Volunteers, who made 14-of-24 field goals in the second half.

Carter led Ole Miss with 20 points, while Rahim Lockhart had 16 points and 12 rebounds. The Rebels hit just 12-of-25 free throws in the second half.

Tennessee cut the margin to 33-30 after Wharton's 3-pointer and C.J. Blacks jumper in the opening minute of the second half. But the Rebels scored eight straight points, including two baskets by Lockhart, to lead 41-30.


 

 

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