It took late game heroics, but the Ole Miss Rebels were able to knock off No. 10 Kentucky 71-69 at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum tonight to earn its first win over a Top 10 opponent since 2002.With 2.9 seconds left, senior guard Chris Warren provided said heroism with a 3-point field goal off off a pick to put Ole Miss ahead.
Kentucky had one last shot, but Doron Lamb‘s effort fell incomplete at the buzzer.
“It means we know what we’re capable of,” said Warren, who moved into fifth in Southeastern Conference history in career 3-pointers with the game-winner. “We’ve been in a lot of close games, played a lot of good teams, but we were on the other end of the stick. This time we were on the winning side.”
Warren finished with a game-high 22 points on 9 of 15 shooting, including 4 of 7 from behind the 3-point arc.
Kentucky (16-5 overall, 4-3 SEC) was led in scoring by Terrence Jones and Lamb, who scored 22 and 20 points respectively.
Zach Graham was second on Ole Miss (14-8, 2-5) in scoring with 16 points, while Terrance Henry and Reginald Buckner each contributed 12 points.
The win is Andy Kennedy‘s 99th as Ole Miss’ head coach. (February 1, 2011)