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McRae leads Vols to 86-70 win over Mississippi
TENNESSEE 86, OLE MISS 70

By STEVE MEGARGEE
AP Sports Writer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jordan McRae scored 26 points and shot 6
of 7 from 3-point range Wednesday as Tennessee defeated
Mississippi 86-70 to end the Rebels' four-game winning streak.

McRae's efforts helped Tennessee withstand a 26-point
performance from Mississippi's Marshall Henderson, who was hurt
in the opening minute and was held scoreless for the first 13
1/2 minutes of the game. Henderson has averaged 28.7 points in
three career games against Tennessee.

Jarnell Stokes had 13 points and 14 rebounds for Tennessee
(13-7, 4-3 SEC). Jeronne Maymon and Josh Richardson each added
16 points as the Volunteers went 11 of 20 on 3-pointers. Jarvis
Summers had 16 points for Mississippi (14-6, 5-2).

Mississippi had swept its two regular-season meetings with
Tennessee last year. Henderson had scored 32 points in the
Rebels' 92-74 victory in Knoxville and 28 in their 62-56 triumph
in Oxford.

While the Rebels entered this game on a roll, Tennessee was
trying to bounce back from a 67-41 loss Saturday to No. 3
Florida, which was ranked sixth at the time. Tennessee responded
by using a new lineup, as freshman guard Darius Thompson made
his third career start in place of Antonio Barton, who had shot
3 of 20 over his last three games. Thompson came through with
seven points and seven assists.

Tennessee's starting backcourt of McRae, Richardson and Barton
had shot a combined 2 of 29 for seven points against Florida.
The trio of McRae, Richardson and Thompson exceeded that point
total in the first three minutes of Wednesday's game.

The Vols dominated just about every phase of the game early on
to lead by as 19 points in the first half.

Tennessee outrebounded Mississippi 26-15 and outscored the
Rebels 12-0 in second-chance points in the first half. Although
Mississippi entered the night ranked third among all Division I
teams with 7.1 blocks per game, Tennessee swatted away eight
shots - all in the first half - to beat the Rebels at their own
game.

The Vols also got a break when Henderson, their nemesis last
season, got hurt in the first minute of the game. After passing
the ball on Mississippi's opening possession Henderson went to
the floor and stayed down. He eventually limped to the bench
holding his right side. After doing some knee bends on the
corner of Mississippi's bench, Henderson returned to action with
15:12 left in the first half. By that point, Mississippi already
trailed 13-4.

Henderson wasn't effective immediately upon his return and
didn't score his first points until sinking a 3-pointer with
6:24 left in the first half. But he caught fire shortly before
halftime and helped Mississippi get back into the game.

The fiery guard sank five 3-pointers during a stretch that
lasted just over five minutes and began with 1:11 left in the
first half. Henderson's flurry got Mississippi within single
digits after trailing by 16 early in the second half. A
3-pointer by Ladarius White cut Tennessee's lead to 50-45 with
14 minutes remaining.

But that's as close as Mississippi would get.

Maymon scored six points during a Tennessee 10-2 run that got
the lead back to double digits. McRae's outside shooting assured
that Tennessee wouldn't get threatened again.

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