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Ole Miss rallies past Vols, keeps pace with Gators atop SEC

Mississippi’s Marshall Henderson reacts during his big second half, when he hit six 3-pointers. He leads the SEC in scoring.

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Mississippi’s Marshall Henderson reacts during his big second half, when he hit six 3-pointers. He leads the SEC in scoring.

OXFORD, Miss. — Marshall Henderson scored 28, hitting six 3-pointers in the second half, and No. 23 Mississippi rallied for a 62-56 victory over Tennessee on Thursday night to keep pace with Florida as the only teams unbeaten in SEC play.

Henderson, the conference's leading scorer at 18.9, nearly single-handedly carried the Rebels (16-2, 5-0 SEC) to their eighth straight victory. Two weeks ago he scored 32 against the Vols in a win in Knoxville.

"All of a sudden he got combustible and started knocking down shots," Rebels coach Andy Kennedy said. "We tried to ride him as hard as we could."

Mississippi plays at Florida on Feb. 2.

Reginald Buckner added 10 points in a foul-filled game that made both teams go deep into their benches. The Vols (9-8, 1-4) led for much of the game. Jordan McRae led them with 26 points.

"We'll beat them 10 times out of 10," said Henderson, known to get under opponents' skin with his talking.

No. 2 michigan 68, purdue 53: Trey Burke had 15 points and eight assists for the host Wolverines (18-1, 5-1 Big Ten), who trailed by seven in the first half, then took control with a 14-2 run in the second half.

UCLA 84, No. 6 Arizona 73: Shabazz Muhammad scored 23 for the visiting Bruins, who took a 16-point lead in the first seven minutes. The Wildcats (16-2, 4-2 Pac-12) got no closer than four.

RICHMOND 86, no. 19 vcu 74, ot: Kendall Anthony scored 21 of his 26 after halftime and the host Spiders beat the Rams (16-4, 4-1 A-10) for the second time in their past nine meetings. Richmond hit 12 3s, with Darien Brothers hitting one with 1.5 seconds left in regulation to force OT.

Sapp inspired 'CANES: During Miami's 90-63 home rout of No. 1 Duke on Wednesday, Hurricanes players slapped the floor in the second half, mocking a longtime Blue Devils tradition. That was at the request of UM alum and former Buc Warren Sapp, who was seated in the stands. UM guard Shane Larkin said Sapp called out his name and yelled, "Slap the floor on D!" Larkin smiled as he recalled: "I just heard somebody scream my name, and I look over, and it's Warren Sapp, which is crazy. He told me to slap the floor on D, so we did. And it worked." As for Duke's reaction? "I believe we have them on the schedule again," guard Rasheed Sulaimon said. The rematch is March 2 in Durham, N.C.

No. 3 kansas: Mario Chalmers, whose buzzer-beating shot helped deliver the 2008 national title, will have his No. 15 raised to the Allen Fieldhouse rafters during a Feb. 16 game vs. Texas. He joins 27 men and three women.

No. 9 Butler: Guard Rotnei Clarke returned to practice and could play Saturday against Temple. The team's leading scorer missed three games with a severely sprained neck.

Women: UK falls

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Ieasia Walked had 16 points and eight rebounds as No. 18 South Carolina beat No. 5 Kentucky 55-50, ending the Wildcats' nation-best winning streak at 17 games.

Kentucky (18-2, 6-1 SEC) led for most of the second half before the Gamecocks went on a 18-4 run to take a 52-44 lead with 3:34 left. South Carolina (17-3, 5-2) hit only three free throws the rest of the game but hung on behind the SEC's best defense. It was the Gamecock's first win over a top five team in 12 tries under fifth-year coach Dawn Staley.

Mississippi 88, uf 81: The Gators (13-7, 2-4 SEC) lost their third straight home game. The Rebels (8-11, 1-5) ended a five-game losing streak. Kayla Lewis led Florida with 23 points.

No. 4 Duke 60, Clemson 46: Tricia Liston scored 22 and the visiting Blue Devils (17-1, 7-0 ACC) beat the Tigers for the 17th straight time.

No. 8 penn state 64, Minn. 59: Maggie Lucas scored 26 and Nikki Greene had 13 rebounds and hit three key second-half shots to help the host Nittany Lions (16-2, 6-0 Big Ten) hold on for their 10th straight win.

No. 9 Tenn. 83, Vandy 75: Taber Spani scored 24 for the visiting Vols (16-3, 7-0), the last undefeated team in SEC play.

No. 10 maryland 85, no. 11 unc 59: Tianna Hawkins scored 25, Alyssa Thomas had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and the host Terrapins (16-3, 7-1 ACC) ended the Tar Heels' 11-game winning streak. Thomas fell two assists short of her second career triple double. North Carolina (18-2, 6-1) fell into third in the ACC behind Duke and Maryland.

No. 15 Purdue 77, N'western 73: Courtney Moses scored 26 for the host Boilermakers (16-3, 5-1 Big Ten).

No. 16 Texas A&M 81, Miss. St. 33: Kristi Bellock scored 18 on 9 of 10 shooting for the visiting Aggies (15-5, 5-1 SEC).

No. 17 dayton 80, gw 52: Amber Deane had 22 points for the host Flyers (16-1, 4-0 Atlantic 10) in a game played on a weekday morning in celebration of Math Day.

No. 23 Mich. 61, Indiana 43: Rachel Sheffer scored 19 and Nya Jordan had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the visiting Wolverines (16-3, 5-1 Big Ten).

Neb. 59, No. 25 Mich. St. 54: Jordan Hooper scored 25 as the Cornhuskers beat the Spartans (16-3, 4-2 Big Ten), who played their first game at Nebraska.

Ole Miss rallies past Vols, keeps pace with Gators atop SEC 01/24/13 [Last modified: Friday, January 25, 2013 12:09am]
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