Vescovi, No. 7 Tennessee top Mississippi
OXFORD, Miss. — Santiago Vescovi scored 22 points and combined with Zakai Zeigler to make six free throws in the final 1:09, helping No. 7 Tennessee top Mississippi 63-59 on Wednesday in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
Vescov converted two free throws to make it 63-57 with 19 seconds left. Zeigler added 13 points as Tennessee (11-2) rallied from an early 10-point hole and a 34-28 halftime deficit.
Ole Miss (8-5) was led by Jaemyn Brakefield with 18 points, including four 3-pointers in the second half. Amaree Abram added 10 points while Matthew Murrell, averaging 15.6 points per game, was held to five points on 1-for-11 shooting.
Jonas Aidoo had a game-high 13 rebounds as the Vols outrebounded Ole Miss 38-28.
Ole Miss finished 19 of 51 (37%) from the field. He converted just seven field goals in the second half, including four from Brakefield.
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