Jeronne Maymon scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help Tennessee overcome a slow start.
The Volunteers (15-13, 7-6 Southeastern Conference) trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half and were behind 31-30 at halftime. A layup by Maymon less than a minute into the second half sparked a 7-0 run that gave Tennessee its ultimate lead.
Jordan McRae came off the bench to add 16 points, including a highlight-worthy dunk that gave Tennessee a 47-37 lead with 11:20 to play. Demarco Cox answered with a layup at the other end, but the Rebels wouldn't get any closer.
Ole Miss (15-12, 5-8) and Tennessee entered the game first and second respectively in rebounding in SEC play, but the Volunteers outrebounded the Rebels 40-28 and outscored them in the paint 36-28.
Following this two-game road swing, the Rebels return to Oxford for a Saturday game against LSU.
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