Rebels Defeat Tennessee-Martin, 83-72 In Men's Hoops Action

Dec 16, 2001

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SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - Justin Reed scored 17 points and Justin Johnson had 12, including a pivotal four-point play, as Mississippi defeated Tennessee-Martin 83-72 on Sunday.

David Sanders added 14 points for the Rebels (7-2), who have won three straight.

Brian Foster led the Skyhawks with 21 points and Jair Peralta scored all 17 of his points in the second half after he missed the first half to take part in a graduation ceremony.

Tennessee-Martin cut an 18-point second-half deficit to 59-51 on a layup by Jeremy Kelly with about 10 minutes left.

Johnson helped turn back the Skyhawks' threat.

The freshman hit a 3-pointer and was fouled as the shot clock expired. Johnson completed the four-point play with a free throw and turned a turnover into a layup seconds later to give Ole Miss a 63-51 lead with about 9 minutes left.

The Skyhawks made one more run cutting the lead to 69-65 on a tip-in by Foster with 5:06 left.

But Reed hit consecutive short jumpers to increase the Rebels' lead to 73-64 with about 4 minutes left. Ole Miss hit 7-of-8 free throws in the final 1 1-2 minutes to finish off the Skyhawks.

Ole Miss was 30-for-38 from the line with Sanders hitting 9-of-12 and Jason Harrison 9-of-10.

The game was played at the DeSoto County Civic Center, just south of Memphis, Tenn., and about 60 miles north of Mississippi's Oxford campus.

 

 

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