Mississippi Tries To Ring In New Year With Win Over Morris Brown

Dec. 28, 2000

With its perfect season over, Mississippi tries to regroup before heading into the rigors of the Southeastern Conference schedule with a game against Morris Brown on Saturday.

The 24th-ranked Rebels (11-1) fell from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 73-68 setback to Iowa State in the championship game of the Yahoo! Invitational in Laie, Hawaii on Monday. Mississippi blew a 14-point lead over the final 14 minutes, making just nine of 26 shots in the second half.

Coach Rod Barnes and his team were so upset they did not pick up their second-place trophies and left without addressing the media. The loss prevented Mississippi from achieving the best start in school history and kept it from setting a school record for the longest winning streak.

Rahim Lockhart, who had 15 points in Monday's loss, is averaging a team-high 14.4 points and 9.8 rebounds. He is the only player scoring in double figures for the Rebels, who have both Justin Reed and Aaron Harper contributing 9.5 points per game.

Morris Brown (2-10) is a non-Division I school located in Atlanta. It has played almost all of its Division I opponents on the road this season, defeating Missouri-Kansas City to begin the season and also winning at Alabama State on Nov. 25.

Anthony Adams scored 31 points but it was not enough to prevent Morris Brown from having its losing streak extended to seven games with a 95-81 defeat at Michigan last Saturday. Joseph Dunn added 17 points, but it was Adams' eight 3-pointers that kept the game from being a blowout.

Morris Brown still has seven games left against Division I opponents, six of them on the road.


 

 

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