No. 15 Ole Miss Drops Nail-Biter at No. 8 Tennessee in SEC Opener

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee's Tyler Smith scored the go-ahead basket with four seconds left and Chris Warren missed a desparation three-pointer as the eighth-ranked Volunteers pulled out a thrilling 85-83 victory over No. 15 Ole Miss Wednesday.

With the score tied at 83 in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams, Ole Miss missed several shots but grabbed four rebounds before JaJuan Smith fouled Kenny Williams with about 30 seconds left.

On the front end of a one-and-one, JaJuan Smith rebounded the missed free throw and the Vols (13-1) moved the ball around until Tyler Smith's layup.

Tennessee took a 72-60 lead with 11 minutes left on a free throw by Tyler Smith. But Ole Miss chipped away at that lead with a 23-7 run that ended on a jumper by Eniel Polynice that put the Rebels up 83-79 with 2:22 left.

Wayne Chism and Tyler Smith hit consecutive jump shots to tie the game at 83.

Warren led Ole Miss with 24 points, while Polynice had 20 and Dwayne Curtis finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds. The Rebels (13-1) entered the game as one of Division I's last six undefeated teams.

Tyler Smith and JaJuan Smith both had 21 points for Tennessee, while Chris Lofton finished with 10. Chism grabbed eight rebounds.

Three-pointers by Lofton and JaJuan Smith put Tennessee up 38-30. Ole Miss responded with a 9-0 run to take a one-point lead on a basket by Curtis.

Tennessee shot 47.1 percent from the field, while the Rebels hit 43.7 percent. The Vols went 46.2 percent from behind the arc, while Ole Miss hit 32 percent of its 3-point attempts.

 


 

 

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