This Time, Second-Half Rally Gives Sanders, Rebels Victory
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Ole Miss guard Clarence Sanders admitted he would not be opposed to playing against
Sanders scored 20 points, 18 in the second half, as Ole Miss rallied to defeat
The junior guard was the key figure in a 20-2 run midway through the second half that helped the Rebels erase a 51-44 deficit. The performance was an impressive follow-up to last season's meeting, when Sanders scored a career-high 29 points against the Vols.
"I wouldn't mind," said Sanders, when asked if he would like to play against
While Sanders was able to ignite a decisive rally for the Rebels (13-7, 2-4), the Vols went without a field goal for more than five minutes and were unable to pull closer than nine points in the final six minutes.
"We have a formula for losing games on the road against Vanderbilt,
Tennessee (14-6, 2-3) played without Chris Lofton, the SEC's leading scorer at 21.5 points per game, who injured his ankle in the second half of last Saturday's win over South Carolina. His status for Saturday's game at
"Chris is the leading scorer in the SEC and the leading three-point shooter,"
The Vols shot well enough in the first half that Lofton was hardly missed.
"They got us out of synch with their defense and shot lights out from three-point range," Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. "On our part, we just weren't making shots. In the second half, we were able to get on a roll."
The 20-2 run gave Ole Miss an insurmountable 64-58 lead with 7:08 left. Sanders hit five consecutive shots in the surge, accounting for 13 points and an assist, capping it with a three-point shot.
Sanders was 2-of-11 from the field before going on the hot streak, which he called, "just finally calming down and not rushing my shot. I had the same looks in the first half, but I just stopped rushing it."
"You just shake your head when he shoots," Kennedy said. "He does some unusual things with his shot, but when he gets going, he can do what you saw tonight."
Dwayne Curtis had 18 points and nine rebounds, while Bam Doyne had 13 and Todd Abernethy 10 for the Rebels.
Ole Miss hot 30-of-63, 48 percent, from the field and outrebounded the Vols, 40-34.
The Vols finished 10-of-27 from three-point range, but were only 3-of-13 in the second half.
The game marked the second straight for the Rebels in which they reeled off a second-half run where they outscored the opposition by 18 points. On the road against top-ranked Florida Saturday, Ole Miss ran off a 29-11 run that pulled the team within seven points, but the Rebel comeback would get no closer.
Ole Miss returns to action Saturday at Vanderbilt, which won its third straight Wednesday with a 64-53 triumph at LSU. Game time is set for noon CT and will be televised by Lincoln Financial Sports.
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