KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Marshall Henderson scored a career-high 32 points Wednesday night as Mississippi defeated Tennessee 92-74 in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams, giving the Rebels their first road victory over the Volunteers in 22 years.
Mississippi (12-2) had lost 11 straight times to Tennessee in Knoxville since a 93-88 triumph on Feb. 27, 1991.
Jarvis Summers scored 16 points and Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner each had double-doubles for the Rebels, who have won four straight games. Holloway had 15 points and 12 rebounds. Buckner scored 13 points and pulled down 15 rebounds.
Jordan McRae scored 26 points to match his career high for Tennessee (8-5), which closed a six-game home stand with its second consecutive loss. McRae also had 26 points Friday in an 85-80 loss to Memphis. Jarnell Stokes added 15 points and 11 rebounds.
This game shaped up as a confrontation between Mississippi’s high-powered scoring attack and Tennessee’s tenacious defense. Mississippi headed into conference play leading the SEC with 83.1 points per game, which ranked the Rebels fifth nationally in scoring offense. Tennessee was yielding 58.8 points per game to rank second in the league in scoring defense.
It turned into a mismatch.
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