Vols take one at buzzer over Ole Miss 66-64

The Tennessee basketball team refused to lay down after a hard fought loss on Wednesday night against the Kentucky Wildcats. That attitude carried over into a hard fought 66-64 win over the Ole Miss Rebels on Saturday afternoon in Oxford

Stanley Asumnu put back a missed shot with 2.6 seconds remaining to give Tennessee a come-from-behind 66-64 victory over Mississippi at Tad Smith Coliseum.

Asumnu, who scored just four points in the game, rebounded a C.J. Watson shot from the baseline on the Vols' final possession following a timeout by the UT bench.

Tennessee (8-3, 1-1 SEC) played the final minutes without its three top post players after Brandon Crump, Ron Slay and Elgrace Wilborn each fouled out down the stretch.

Jon Higgins, who scored 14, fueled the rally with two big baskets to tie the game at 62-62 (1:31) and at 64-64 at the 1:00 mark. UT's defense forced an Ole Miss shot clock violation with 23 seconds to go before Asumnu's winning basket.

Ron Slay, who fouled out with 2:11 remaining and the Vols trailing 62-57, scored 17 points. Watson scored a career-best 17.

Aaron Harper led Ole Miss with 23 points.

Tennessee trailed by as many as 12 early in the first half before rallying to take a 30-29 lead at halftime at Tad Smith Coliseum.

The hot-shooting Rebels, who hit 7 of their first 10 field goal attempts, took a 23-11 advantage on a David Sanders layup with 9:52 remaining in the half.

Tennessee took its first lead at 28-27 on a John Winchester three-pointer with 2:41 to go before halftime to cap a 17-4 UT run over a seven-minute stretch.

The Vols will travel to Gainesville on Wednesday to play the high-powered Florida Gators. The game is scheduled to began at 7pm.


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