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Tennessee was looking to bounce back at home on Wednesday night. For most of the final 25 minutes against visiting Ole Miss, it looked like the Vols couldn’t find an answer.

They found one when it mattered most.

Freshman Grant Williams tied the game with two minutes, 55 seconds left — Tennessee’s first lead since late in the first half — and Robert Hubbs put the Vols up for good 47 seconds later en route to a 75-66 win in front of 12,209 at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Williams tied it at 64-all when he scored in the post, after Hubbs saved a loose ball from going out of bounds. After Rasheed Davis walked on the other end for Ole Miss, Hubbs put the Vols up 66-64.

Jordan Bowden delivered the dagger with 54 seconds left, hitting a 3-point shot from the elbow out of a timeout to put Tennessee up 71-66.

Williams and Hubbs had 18 points each to lead Tennessee (14-10, 6-5 SEC). Bowden added 12 points and grabbed seven boards. Ole Miss (14-10, 5-6) got another double-double from forward Sebastian Saiz, who finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds.

The Vols trailed by no more than five for the majority of the second half, but could never put together enough stops to take the lead. The Ole Miss advantage was down to one point.

Tennessee tied the game at 43-43 with 15 minutes left, but Ole Miss answered with Marcanvis Hyman dunks on two straight possessions to get the Rebels back ahead.

The dam finally broke when Williams scored to tie it with 2:55 left, in the midst of a 9-2 Tennessee run to put the Vols in control.

Tennessee trailed 38-34 at halftime.

Despite limiting Ole Miss to 39.4 percent (13-33) from the floor and holding DeAndre Burnett, the Rebels’ leading scorer (16.9 points per game) to five points on 1-5 shooting, the Vols trailed at the break after committing nine first-half turnovers and going 0-for-4 from the 3-point line.

Tennessee led 10-3 with 15:04 left in the first half, while the Rebels started 1-for-11 from the field. Ole Miss rallied later in the half with an 8-0 run to take a 31-26 lead, its biggest of the opening 20 minutes.

Davis had 10 of the Rebels’ first 14 points while the Vols had nine different scorers, out of 10 total players, in the first half.

Tennessee is back home against Georgia (13-11, 4-7) on Saturday (TV: ESPNU, 4 p.m.) at Thompson-Boling Arena. The Bulldogs, after falling to No. 17 Florida 72-60 in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday night, have lost five of their last six, with all five losses coming in league play.


The newest edition of the College Football Playoff rankings were released Tuesday and Tennessee was ranked in the Top 25.

The No. 25 Vols were represented in the ranking for the first time this season at the tail end of the team’s five-game winning streak.

The ranking comes after the Vols’ dominating 53-28 over Vanderbilt on Saturday. Tennessee has not lost a game since Oct. 24, pills when it fell to Alabama, order 19-14, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Since that point, the Vols have started playing some of their best football under coach Butch Jones, and clearly the Playoff committee has taken notice.

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KNOXVILLE, purchase Tenn. (Dec. 18, advice 2015) — Police say a high school football player was shot to death while shielding three girls from the gunfire.

Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch says the death of 15-year-old Zaevion William Dobson was part of a series of shootings that began Thursday night.

The first incident involved 46-year-old Lisa Perry being shot in her apartment. She is expected to survive.

Rausch said Perry’s 23-year-old son, medications Brandon Perry, and several other men then drove to the neighborhood where Dobson lived and “randomly fired multiple times.”

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Damn you, drug Jalen Hurd. You have given me yet another reason to despise this entire generation of college football players.

Butch Jones confirmed that Tennessee’s 6-foot-4, doctor 240-pound running back is leaving the program as soon as possible. Apparently, there he’s unhappy with his role in the offense. He intends to transfer and switch positions.

The Volunteers, who have fallen from 5-0 and No. 9 in the country to 5-3 and out of the polls, are coming off a shocking loss at South Carolina. Even with fellow ball carrier Alvin Kamara — he’s looked like the better back lately — out of the lineup, Hurd only rushed 8 times for 16 yards and a touchdown.

What was supposed to be a dream season for UT has quickly turned into a nightmare. And Jones hasn’t even woken up yet.

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