Final: Ole Miss 59, Tennessee 57

The Rebels were out-shot and out-rebounded but won the game because they out-Moodied Tennessee.

And because they picked up the pace on defense as the second half rolled along. Ole Miss was down by eight points early in the half and had a lead of five before hanging on to win.

Here’s Andy Kennedy:

Moody was 7-for-14 from the floor, 6-for-11 for 3. It was his best 3-point shooting SEC home game. He’s now 14-for-23 from 3 over his last two games and scored 51 points for the week in the Rebels’ wins over Mississippi State and now Tennessee. Moody had 22 points tonight.

Jarvis Summers was a lot better, and Kennedy declared Summers “off the milk carton.” He didn’t make a lot of shots (5-for-15) but took shots in rhythm and was more aggressive He finished with 13 points and eight assists.

The Vols shot 43.1 percent to Ole Miss’ 38.9 percent, and Tennessee was plus-9 on the glass.

Ole Miss forced 13 turnovers, many of those with a 1-3-1 in the second half that helped the Rebels get back in the game.

And when many opponents’ have converted when they’ve had the ball last here in recent seasons, the Rebels survived two shots from Tennessee guard Josh Richardson.

The Rebels are 19-8 overall, 10-4 in the SEC and have won eight of their last nine games.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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