Feb. 22, 2012
(15-12, 5-8 SEC)
Dwight Miller scored 10 points in 16 minutes after playing just 12 minutes and scoring two points in the SEC season.
The Vols turned the ball over just once in the second half, totaling 11.
For the sixth time in SEC play, the Vols held their opponent to 60 or less points.
Jeronne Maymon recorded his eighth double-double of the season, moving into a tie for third in the SEC.
Dwight Miller scored 10 points tonight after totaling four points in the prior eight games combined.
Tennessee outrebounded Ole Miss, 40-28, its largest rebounding advantage since outdoing Auburn, 53-30 (Jan. 28). It was the seventh time UT has had a double-figure margin on the boards.
BY JOSH PATE
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Jeronne Maymon scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Jordan McRae added 16 points off the bench as Tennessee beat Mississippi 73-60 Wednesday night at Thompson-Boling Arena.
It was Maymon's inside presence and McRae's energy off the bench that frustrated the Rebels. Maymon was 6-of-7 shooting and made six of his eight free throws down the stretch while Ole Miss fouled to try and keep the game close. McRae's aggressiveness helped Tennessee cut through the zone defense by the Rebels.
Both players helped Tennessee overcome an early 15-2 hole to begin the game.
"I think in the first half we were set on the perimeter and turned the ball over also," said UT head coach Cuonzo Martin. "We were set on the perimeter for looks as opposed to going in and being aggressive. When Jordan came in and started attacking the rim, it helped us out, but we've got to do a good job against the zone of attacking off the dribble and also the post feed."
That's what the Vols did. The Rebels (15-12, 5-8 SEC) tried to stymie the Vols in the paint with zone defense, but it didn't work. Tennessee outscored Ole Miss 36-28 inside and outrebounded the Rebels 40-28.
"The key to the game - and the stats speak to it and from what I just witnessed with my two eyes - they just dominated us block to block," said Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy. "They killed us on the glass, which has become a recurring theme. They finished everything at point-blank range, and we didn't play through contact as strongly as we needed to."
The margin of victory didn't tell the entire story as the Rebels were scorching hot from the floor for most of the game but cooled to 44.6 percent.
Tennessee, in fact, was identical from the floor at 44.6 percent. The difference was a 9-2 run by the Vols to open the second half and put the Rebels behind for the rest of the way.
Tennessee came out of the break driving the ball inside on three consecutive possessions, then Tatum nailed a 3 to cap the brief run and turn a 31-30 deficit into a 39-33 lead for the Vols.
Golden helped Tennessee extend its lead with a driving layup inside and a pair of foul shots. Then McRae provided the highlight of the night with a one-handed monster dunk from the baseline to give Tennessee a 47-37 lead with 11:20 to play.
Each time Ole Miss threatened by trimming the lead below double figures, Tennessee responded.
Jarvis Summers drove to the rim for the Rebels to make it 58-50, but Jarnell Stokes drained a running hook shot to push the margin back to 10.
Nick Williams hit a 3-pointer for the Rebels, but again the Vols responded with three Maymon free throws.
Murphy Holloway got a bucket in the paint for Ole Miss to trim the margin to 8, but fouls put Tennessee at the free throw line the rest of the way and iced things for the Vols.
"I thought our guys did a good job bouncing back," Martin said. "They got out to a slow start. Jordan McRae and Dwight (Miller) did a great job coming off the bench and giving us energy and enthusiasm. I thought that was great."
The Rebels had four players in double figures, led by Terrance Henry's 15 points. Holloway scored 13 points. Williams had 11 points, and Jelan Kendrick scored 10.
Ole Miss started the game 7-of-8 shooting from the floor while the Vols made just one of their first eight shots, resulting in a 15-2 lead for the Rebels.
"(Coach Martin) just told us to calm down and everything would be fine," Golden said of the early deficit. "It was early in the game and they made a great run. We just had to really calm down, play better defense and start making shots. That's what we did so we chipped away at it."
Tennessee fought back, cutting into the deficit with a stifling 19-2 run, scoring from all angles. McRae got a three-point play and Maymon worked in the paint for a layup to cap the early comeback and make it 21-17 Vols with 6:07 to play in the half.
The Rebels bounced back with their own 9-0 run that lifted them to a 30-25 lead. Then Tatum hit a 3 and Maymon got another inside basket to trim the margin to a 31-30 halftime lead for Ole Miss.
The victory was Tennessee's sixth consecutive win at home and 11th in the last 12 games in Knoxville.
Tennessee returns to action Saturday when it travels to Columbia to face South Carolina in an 8 p.m. tipoff (Fox Sports South).