Crump, McFadgon Lead Tennessee to 83-66 Win Over Ole Miss

Feb. 18, 2004

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Brandon Crump had 25 points and 11 rebounds and Scooter McFadgon added 21 points to help Tennessee beat Mississippi 83-66 Wednesday night.

The Volunteers (13-9, 5-6 Southeastern Conference) took the lead midway through the first half and used a 13-3 run after halftime to put the game away.

Tennessee led by five at halftime and took its first double-digit lead of the game during the decisive run.

The Rebels (12-10, 4-7), who haven't won an SEC road game, cut it to 46-39 on Justin Reed's basket with 14:32 left, but the Vols countered with the decisive run.

Jemere Hendrix started the spurt with a jumper and sank two free throws at the end to give Tennessee a 17-point lead with 11:34 remaining.

In between the baskets by Hendrix, Crump was fouled on a dunk and sank the ensuing free throw before McFadgon hit back-to-back 3-point baskets.

Reed had a jumper and Justin Johnson hit a 3-pointer for the Rebels to cut it to 59-47 with 10:15 left, but the Vols prevented the rally from continuing and restored the lead to 18 during the next 2? minutes.

Ole Miss got as close as 12 points down the stretch, the last time after Bam Doyne's basket. But Crump hit a 3 at the other end with 1:40 left to seal the win.

C.J. Watson had 13 points and seven assists for Tennessee, which has beaten Ole Miss seven straight times in Knoxville since 1991. Crump's 25 points tied a career high and guarded Reed, the SEC's leading scorer.

The Rebels were led by Reed's 19 points, while Aaron Harper had 16 and Kendrick Fox 10.

Tennessee got a boost by shooting 17-of-26 from the foul line and by outrebounding Ole Miss 36-28.

Tennessee led by as many as nine points in the first half after a 6-1 run with 4:01 left.

The teams traded the lead early in the first half, with Ole Miss leading for the last time at 15-14 with 10:06 to go.

The Vols regained the lead with an 8-0 run capped by McFadgon's 3-pointer.





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