BLOG — There is still fight left in the Ole Miss men’s basketball team.The Rebels erased an 11-point second-half deficit to defeat the SEC Western Division champion Alabama Crimson Tide 68-63 Saturday at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum. The win ended a two-game losing streak for the Rebels, who are still in contention to earn the second seed from the West. The loss ended a four-game winning streak for the Crimson Tide, who defeated Ole Miss 74-64 two weeks ago in Tuscaloosa.
A more aggressive Chris Warren led the Rebels with 25 points in the win that improved them to 18-11 overall and 6-8 in the SEC. Zach Graham, who iced the win with two made free throws with 10 seconds remaining, finished with 17 points. Alabama (19-9, 11-3) was led by JaMychal Green’s 17 point effort.
Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy called the effort by his team “gritty” and credited the way his team played its zone defense as being a huge reason for earning the win.
The Rebels return to action on the road at Auburn Wednesday. (February 26, 2011)