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No. 18 Florida 75, Mississippi 73

January 20, 2002

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ Mississippi’s Saundra Jackson casually tossed the ball out of bounds as time expired, putting a bizarre ending on No. 18 Florida’s 75-73 victory Sunday.

Florida’s Brandi McCain missed the front end of a 1-and-1, and Jackson grabbed the rebound. Seeing that no other player had jumped into the lane, Jackson assumed it must have been a two-shot foul and tossed the ball to the referee, who was standing out of bounds.

McCain led the Gators (13-5, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) with 17 points. After playing just four minutes in the first half because of foul trouble, Vanessa Hayden never left the court in the second half and finished with 16 points and eight rebounds.

Sherika Wright led Mississippi (9-9, 1-4) with 21 points, including a 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds left to cut the Florida lead to 2.

With Hayden out, Mississippi led by as many as 10 in the first half, but Florida opened the second half on a 12-4 run and held off a late rally by the Rebels.

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