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OXFORD — Well, the formula that allowed Ole Miss to snap its seven-game losing streak at Missouri Tuesday night did not make its way back to Oxford.
The Rebels fell behind by 20 early in the game and made just one of their 23 attempted 3s while allowing Tennessee to shoot 9-of-20 from beyond the arc.
Combined, it equaled a 73-65 loss to the Volunteers at The Pavilion Saturday, which added another tally to the loss column in an already lost season.
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"You talk about it and you don't want it to be part of the game but when you don't make shots some of the hustle plays and some of the defensive efforts just don't work," acting coach Tony Madlock said. "We didn't make enough shots early to kind of get us going defensively. We lost the 50-50 balls and so that kind of snowballed on us a little bit."
Ole Miss is now 12-17 overall (5-11 SEC). The 17 defeats are the most the program has suffered since the 2004-05 season when the Rebels went 14-17.
The poor shooting on Saturday kept with a familiar theme of the season's prior 16 defeats. Tennessee came in with an emphasis on not letting Ole Miss' guards get downhill.
That forced the Rebels to take 3s, and as noted earlier, that approach wasn't successful. Breein Tyree scored 17 points, which led Ole Miss, but went 0-for-6 from 3. Terence Davis, who scored 13 points, went 1-for-7 from 3-point range, and Deandre Burnett, the best long-range shooter among the Rebels' guards, went 0-for-6.
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"Unacceptable," Tyree said. "We've got to make open shots. We have to step up and make plays and we didn't tonight."
Even with the ugly shooting numbers, Ole Miss trimmed a 15-point halftime deficit to four, 41-37, with 16:56 remaining in the game. Then a little more than four minutes went by without the Rebels making a field goal and they never got closer than four points again as Tennessee (21-7, 11-5) stretched its lead out to as many as 21 points late in the game.
Admiral Schofield scored 25 points to lead the Volunteers, who proved to be a difficult matchup for Ole Miss this season. Earlier this month, Tennessee beat the Rebels by 33 points in Knoxville.
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In the loss, Bruce Stevens scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Burnett scored 11 points. The Rebels have now lost 10 of their past 12 games.