No. 12 Mississippi 64, Auburn 62

Feb. 24, 2001

Recap?|? Box Score?|? Notes

Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes:
(On the game)
"Auburn did a great job today. They came out fighting. We did not know exactly which team to expect. They played a perimeter-oriented game today. We played a tough 40-minute game down there against them and another tough 40 minutes today."

(On the difference in the today's game)
"We have a veteran in the post in Rahim (Lockhart), and they are playing mostly newcomers (in the post). That gave us a great advantage today. Justin Reed was a difficult match-up for (Adam) Harrington late in the game. Those two players were the difference for us today."

Ole Miss senior Rahim Lockhart:
(On the game)
"This was a great win for us today. We played really well as a team today. Everybody came in and contributed. Emmanuel Wade really stepped up today when we needed it."

(On the SEC race)
"I knew at the beginning of the season this was a team that could be in a position to do a lot of great things and win a lot of titles. Now everyone else is starting to know what I have known for a while."

Ole Miss freshman Justin Reed:
(On the game)
"Auburn has a really great team. They made us play in transition. We just came together and played as a team to get the win."

(On clinching at least a tie for the SEC West)
"I think it is very special that we are where we are. We have worked hard to get here. There are guys on our team who are used to winning, so they have put a lot of expectations on us as a team. We are happy to have had all the success we have had so far, but there is a lot left for us."

Auburn head coach Cliff Ellis:
(On the game)
"We battled the whole way. It was a tough game to lose. I am proud of our team. We only had 11 turnovers, but their strength down low made it possible for them to win the game. We were out of sync offensively. We could have won it down the stretch, but we played small and Ole Miss played big. We were dominated on the inside."

 

 

(On Adam Harrington)
"He made a tremendous effort tremendously. He stopped Justin Reed in the second half."

(On Rahim Lockhart)
"With Lockhart being a senior, he has a lot of experience. He was a load down low and our freshman could not handle him."

Auburn sophomore Marquis Daniels
(On the game)
"We both came out ready to play. It was a great game, but Ole Miss just played better than we did in the end. You have to give them credit (Ole Miss). They are a very good team, and they made the plays they needed to down the stretch. They deserved to win."

(On the last shot)
"We basically just put the ball in Adam's (Harrington) hands and let him create. It was a good shot. He makes that shot nine times out of 10, but it just did not fall this one time. If that situation were to come up again, we would do the same thing."

Auburn sophomore Adam Harrington
(On the last play)
"The ball ended up in my hands. It was not a set play, but I had a shot and I took it. Sometimes it goes in and sometimes it does not."

Auburn senior Scott Pohlman
(On the game)
"Ole Miss is a good basketball team, and this was a good basketball game. I think both teams played well, but we just came up two points short in the end. We gave everything we had. We are on the threshold at the end of every game. We are just going to have to keep working."

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