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Mississippi 81, Alabama A&M 57

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Dwayne Curtis scored 25 points and grabbed
13 rebounds Friday as Mississippi defeated Alabama A&M 81-57.

Clarence Sanders scored 23 points, Kenny Williams had 13 points
and 13 rebounds and Bam Doyne added 11 points for Ole Miss (11-2).
The Rebels finished unbeaten in nonconference home games.

The Rebels have won 20 of their last 21 nonconference home
games, including 11 straight. Ole Miss is off to its best start
since 2000-01, when the Rebels started 11-0 and eventually advanced
to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

Cornelius Hester led Alabama A&M (5-5) with 19 points, 18 coming
in the first half. Trant Simpson added 17 points for the Bulldogs.

Sanders connected on five consecutive shots in the opening five
minutes, including four 3-pointers. The Rebels used the surge to
take a 16-11 lead and never trailed again.

Ole Miss led 44-34 at halftime and continued to pull away in the
second half. Alabama A&M came no closer than 12 points in the final
15 minutes. The biggest lead came at 77-51 on a Curtis layup with
4:08 left.