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Tennessee Vols Basketball loses on the road to Ole Miss, 52-50

 

Tennessee Volunteers - UT VolsOxford, MS – Despite an efficient night from 3-point range and a solid effort on the defensive end, the 11th-ranked Tennessee Vols basketball team fell on the road to Ole Miss, 52-50, on Tuesday at The Pavilion.

The Vols (12-4, 5-4 SEC) shot 44 percent from behind the 3-point arc, but a second-half run from Ole Miss (9-8, 4-6 SEC) pushed the Rebels to their ninth win of the year.

The Vols were led in scoring for the fourth consecutive game by senior Yves Pons who scored 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting while knocking down two of his three attempts from 3-point land. Pons also pulled down four rebounds and recorded a steal.

Tennessee Men's Basketball senior Yves Pons lead the Vols with 13 points against Ole Miss, Tuesday. (UT Athletics)

Tennessee Men’s Basketball senior Yves Pons lead the Vols with 13 points against Ole Miss, Tuesday. (UT Athletics)

Freshman Keon Johnson scored 11 points and reeled in four rebounds on the night while hitting multiple late free-throws to keep the Vols in it late.

Off the bench sophomore, Josiah-Jordan James put in 10 points, dropping in a trio of treys, grabbing six rebounds, and recording a block and a steal.

Tennessee controlled the early portions of the contest, jumping out to a 23-15 lead over the opening 12 minutes, with nine of those points coming on three 3-pointers from James.

Ole Miss held the Vols to just five points in the final eight minutes of the half as UT held the slim 28-23 edge heading into the halftime break.

UT opened the second half on a 10-4 run, extending its lead to 38-27 with just over 15 minutes remaining.

Ole Miss responded with a 19-4 run, spanning over nine minutes of game action to take a late, 46-42, advantage at the under-four-minute media timeout.

The Vols knotted the score at 46 apiece before the Rebels made a few buckets with less than two minutes to play to take a 51-46 advantage.

In the closing seconds, UT cut the Ole Miss lead to two points before James had a look at a buzzer-beating three that fell just short, cementing the night’s final score.

Box Score

Tennessee 50, Ole Miss 2

  1 2 F
Tennessee 28 22 50
Ole Miss 23 29 52

Next Up For Tennessee Men’s Basketball

The Tennessee Vols basketball team remains on the road for a Saturday night, February 6th bout with SEC rival, Kentucky. The opening tip from Rupp Arena is slated for 7:00pm CT on ESPN.


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