Ole Miss Loses To Kentucky, 80-40

Feb. 22, 2006

Final Stats

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Joe Crawford had 17 points and Preston LeMaster added a career-high 12 as Kentucky solidified its NCAA tournament chances with an 80-40 victory over Mississippi Wednesday night.

The Rebels (14-12, 4-9) were playing without their best player, center Dwayne Curtis, who left for Chicago earlier this week to attend the funeral of his brother, who died from injuries suffered in a car accident.

It was a game in which coach Tubby Smith emptied his bench, playing 14 different Wildcats, and 13 of them scored.

Many of Crawford's points came from Rajon Rondo's dazzling assists - including two alley-oop passes that Crawford dunked home. Rondo finished with a career-high 12 assists, three short of Travis Ford's team record of 15 set Dec. 8, 1993, against Eastern Kentucky.

Two quick 3-pointers by LeMaster helped ignite an early 17-2 run for the Wildcats, who led 40-17 at halftime. LeMaster also got his first rebound in almost three months, then promptly traveled.

No Mississippi player reached double figures. Londrick Nolen and Clarence Sanders had nine points each.


 

 

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