BERKELEY, Calif. -Chris Warren scored 23 points and eclipsed 2,000 for his career, but Ole Miss fell to California 77-74 in the NIT first round to finish the 2010-11 season at 20-14.
Warren is the third player in school history and 24th in Southeastern Conference annals to reach the 2,000 point mark. He also became just the fourth player in league history to amass 2,000 points and 400 assists, joining LSU's Pete Maravich, Tennessee's Allan Houston and Georgia's Litterial Green.
Jorge Gutierrez scored 25 points and made two free throws with 14.8 seconds left to help California hold off the Rebels.
Allen Crabbe had 20 points and Harper Kamp added 11, including a key basket down the stretch, one day after receiving IV treatments due to the flu.
California (18-14), which played without starting center Markhuri Sanders-Frison, advances to play at top-seeded Colorado on Friday. The Buffaloes beat Texas Southern 88-74 earlier.
The storied careers of Warren and fellow Rebel senior Zach Graham came to an end with the loss. Two of the top 18 scoreres in school history, they took Ole Miss to three postseason appearances, including a pair of NIT Final Fours, and three 20-win campaigns during their career.
Graham added 17 points against the Golden Bears.
Warren finishes his career with 2,021 career points, while Graham wraps up with 1,274 points and a school-record 135 career games played.
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