Saturday, January 22, 2005
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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Kennedy Winston scored 26 points and Jermareo Davidson had a game-high 13 rebounds to lift No. 22 Alabama to a 66-58 win over Mississippi on Saturday.
Alabama (15-3, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) snapped a seven-game road losing streak at Mississippi (11-8, 2-4), last winning 59-46 in the 1996-97 season.
The Crimson Tide erased an eight-point deficit in the final 17 minutes, outrebounded Ole Miss 37-18, and shot 52.8 percent in the second half, including 7-of-9 from 3-point range.
Jean Felix had 12 points and started a decisive 12-2 run with consecutive 3-pointers that gave Alabama a 54-49 lead with 7:09 remaining. Felix and Winston combined to hit 7-of-8 from 3-point range and Alabama never trailed again.
The Rebels pulled within three on two occasions, the final time at 62-59 with 1:59 left. Alabama hit four straight free throws, including a pair by Earnest Shelton, to preserve the lead.
Ole Miss led 34-28 at halftime. The Rebels didn't turn the ball over in the first half and took the lead with a 7-0 run in the final two minutes.
Tommie Eddie had 16 points and Cavadas Nunnery scored a career-high 13 for the Rebels, who dropped their second straight to a ranked team after leading at the half. Ole Miss was ahead of Kentucky on Wednesday night before fading.
Winston had 12 first-half points for Alabama.
Just minutes after beating Ole Miss on the road 66-58, Tide Coach Mark Gottfried and his players enjoy the moment.
Tide assistant coach Philip Pearson congratulates Jean Felix whose key 3 for 3 shooting from 3-point range helped Alabama leave Oxford with its first win since 1997.
Tide Head Coach Mark Gottfried addresses the team after the win. Left to right, Al Weber, Earnest Shelton, Ronald Steele, Kennedy Winston and Jermareo Davidson in front, and, visible in back, Chuck Davis and Justin Jonus.