By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
Kennedy’s technical foul
– OXFORD – Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy picked quite a moment for his first technical foul of the season.
With 1 minute, 13 seconds left in the first overtime, Kennedy was rung up by official Pat Adams.
Kennedy said he was told by Adams that he received the technical for advancing too far onto the court to question Adams about a no-call after Chris Warren missed a closely contested layup.
“He said, ‘You came out on the floor yelling at me,’” Kennedy said, “I told him I thought it was kind of important.”
Ole Miss players seemed inspired by their coach’s challenge of Adams.
“He was fighting for us like we were fighting for him,” center Murphy Holloway said. “He took one for the team. He might have needed to get a tech to let that ref know. We were able to respond to it.”
The 48-minute game
– The Rebels’ quarterfinal victory was filled with the big plays that often accompany a two-overtime game.
Holloway was able to maintain and aggressive style of play and stay in the game in spite of picking up his fourth foul with 7:33 left in regulation.
Tech center Darko Cohadarevic, a solid passer and opportunistic rebounder, fouled out, and so did Red Raiders point guard John Roberson.
Holloway was the only Ole Miss player with more than two fouls.
“It was a fun game to play,” Warren said. “But it wouldn’t have been a fun game to lose.”
– Reggie Buckner had four blocked shots to set a single-season record that now stands at 60. … Warren extended his streak of games with at least one 3-pointer to 44 games, third-longest in SEC history. .. The 24th win ties Kennedy’s last New York NIT team for second-most wins in a season. The school record is 27 set by the Sweet 16 team in 2001.
– “There are a lot of things this team can improve on, but there’s one thing you can’t question, through 34 games, is their resolve. The bottom line is they give us all they have. As coaches you can’t ask for more than that, even though we do.” – Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy