Ole Miss-Kentucky Notebook: First-half rest gives Warren second-half lift

By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – Chris Warren was around late to knock down the winning shot for Ole Miss, a successful launch perhaps because of the minutes he missed in the first half.
Foul trouble is rare for Warren, but he went to the bench not to return after picking up his second foul 10 minutes into the game.
“I think the time I did rest was helpful,” he said.
Minus Warren, the Rebels didn’t let Kentucky surge ahead. Dundrecous Nelson turned in 12 solid first-half minutes with six points – 2 for 4 from 3-point range, two assists and two steals.
Buckner’s fouls
– Speaking of foul trouble, Reggie Buckner finished with four personal fouls, but they were well-spaced, and he played 32 minutes, his most in SEC play and cracking the 30-minute mark for only the second time this season.
His floor time was big. Buckner was 6 for 9 from the floor and finished with 12 points, five rebounds, five blocked shots and three steals.
He also set the screen on Warren’s game-winning shot.
Defensive Rebels
– The 18 turnovers forced were a season-high for Ole Miss, and the Rebels also had a season-high 11 steals.
Kentucky shot 49 percent from the field. The Wildcats entered the game 14-0 when shooting 40 percent or better.
Their 18 turnovers were also a season-high for the Wildcats.
– “It’s time for us to start stringing wins together. This was a high-level basketball game. We’ve shown before that we can compete. It’s nice to show we can win against a high-level team, but this means nothing if we don’t start stringing wins together.” – Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy
Contact Parrish Alford at 678-1600 or parrish.alford@journalinc.com.

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