Feb. 3, 2007
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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -Alabama native Clarence Sanders came off the bench to hit seven 3-pointers and score 21 points as Mississippi rolled to an easy 82-59 win over Auburn on Saturday.
Ole Miss (15-8, 4-5 Southeastern Conference) won its third game in its last four as the Rebels took advantage of sloppy play by the Tigers to jump to an early lead and never looked back.
Auburn (14-10, 4-5) committed 25 turnovers and allowed Ole Miss to score 31 points off of those mistakes.
Sanders from nearby Phenix City scored all of his points from long range, hitting 7-of-11 3-point shots. He came off the bench to hit four consecutive 3s midway through the first half to spark the Rebels to a 43-31 halftime lead.
Bam Doyne scored 20 for the Rebels, while Dwayne Curtis had 19 and 11 rebounds. Todd Abernathy had 14 for Ole Miss including four 3-pointers. Abernathy also had 9 assists.
The Rebels shot 52 percent overall and 54 percent on 3-point shots.
Auburn was led by Josh Dollard with 13 points, while Quantez Robertson had 12. Quan Prowell and Rasheem Barrett had 10 each for the Tigers.
Ole Miss got off to a fast start, jumping to a 9-1 lead in the first three minutes and then took advantage of 14 Auburn first half turnovers to stretch the lead to 12 at halftime.
The Tigers scored the first 8 points after intermission and cut the lead to 4 with 18:35 to play on a 3-pointer by Barrett. But that was as close as the Tigers could get to the Rebels.
Sanders came right back with a 3-pointer of his own and Ole Miss took control, stretching the lead back to 10 in the first five minutes of the second half.
Auburn cut the lead to 12 with 6:49 on a jumper and free throw shot by Robertson, but the Tigers did not score in the final five minutes and Ole Miss stretched it's lead to the final 23-point margin.
It was Auburn's worst home loss ever to Ole Miss and the second worst loss overall to the Rebels.