By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
The technical turn
The Rebels were in constant comeback mode in the second half, never to get over the hump. That fact was complicated by a technical foul against freshman forward Reggie Buckner with 3:09 remaining in a four-point game.
Buckner and Dayton’s Chris Johnson were battling for a rebound after an errant 3-point shot by Terrico White.
“I was just trying to get a jump ball,” Johnson said. “He threw an elbow, and I was disciplined enough to keep my poise.”
Dayton got two free throws but not a field goal out of the possession.
“Technicals always hurt, but Reg was trying to get a loose ball, that’s all we take it as. We didn’t get down him, we just kept playing,” Ole Miss center Murphy Holloway said.
Warren non-committal on next season
Chris Warren’s name has been linked to a possible jump to the European professional leagues. Warren, a junior guard and the Rebels’ leading scorer, called such talk a rumor but did nothing to squash the rumor following the game.
“I don’t know where that came from, so I don’t have no say on that,” he said.
Warren did not confirm that he will return for a season season, bluntly saying, “I don’ t know the future.”
Warren led the SEC in 3-point accuracy in conference games through the regular season. He entered the NIT semifinals averaging 17.3 points, 20.5 points over his last six games.
Playing time for Polynice
In his most extensive playing time since his suspension for the final regular season game, junior guard Eniel Polynice played 16 minutes. He did not score, going 0-for-2 from the field, but he had five rebounds, four assists and one turnover.
“We’re sitting here with 24 wins, and that’s nothing to be ashamed of. I would hope that the guys we have returning can grow from this experience and that we can move forward.” – Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy