Kentucky Edges Ole Miss In SEC Quarterfinals

March 11, 2011

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ATLANTA (AP) - Chris Warren scored 20 points, but Ole Miss was unable to knock off No. 15 Kentucky, falling 75-66 in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals on Friday.

The Rebels are 20-13 on the season and will await a postseason selection.

Doron Lamb scored 19 points and fellow freshman Brandon Knight had 17 to lead Kentucky.

Knight made five free throws in the final 41 seconds as Kentucky (23-8), which never trailed, held off Ole Miss. The Rebels trailed 68-66 following Warren's 3-pointer with 1:45 remaining, but didn't score again.

Despite Warren's 20 points, he shot only 5 of 20 from the field.

Darius Miller had 15 points and Josh Harrellson 13 for Kentucky, which will play Alabama in Saturday's first semifinal.

Terrance Henry had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Dundrecous Nelson added 14 points for Ole Miss, which likely awaits a spot in the NIT.

Lamb, one of three freshmen starters, helped Kentucky continue an old tradition of SEC tournament success in Atlanta and against Ole Miss. Kentucky is 15-0 in the tournament against the Rebels.

Kentucky appeared to be on the verge of pulling away when a basket by DeAndre Liggins gave the Wildcats a 51-39 lead about 5 minutes into the second half.

The Rebels answered with a 9-0 run, capped by a steal and basket by Nelson to cut it to 51-48. Nelson's 3-pointer a minute later brought the Rebels within 53-51.

Kentucky recovered to lead 64-56 on a jam by Terrence Jones, but the Rebels pulled back to within 66-63 with 3:10 remaining on Reginald Buckner's basket.

Ole Miss was trying to beat Kentucky for the second time this season. Warren's 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds remaining lifted the Rebels to a 71-69 victory over then-No. 10 Kentucky on Feb. 1.

The bearded Warren struggled in the first half. His only field goal on seven tries was a 3 with 1:30 remaining.

Henry made each of his two 3-pointers for the Rebels in the half. The rest of the team went 2 of 11.

Lamb matched his season average by scoring 13 points in the first half, including two early 3-pointers.

Jones, the freshman who averages 17.1 points and an SEC-leading 9.2 rebounds, left the game for only a couple of minutes after he was called for his fourth foul with 10:53 remaining. He had seven points and seven rebounds.

 


 

 

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