Late 3 lifts Ole Miss to upset

Mississippi’s Chris Warren takes off past Josh Harrellson to hit a first-half layup for two of his 22 points.

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Mississippi’s Chris Warren takes off past Josh Harrellson to hit a first-half layup for two of his 22 points.

OXFORD, Miss. — Chris Warren's college career isn't over, so he didn't want to rank his best moments just yet.

But with a wide grin, the Mississippi point guard admitted the high-arcing 3-pointer that beat No. 10 Kentucky on Tuesday night will rank close to the top no matter what happens the rest of the season.

Warren's 25-footer over two defenders rattled home with 2.9 seconds left, and Mississippi beat the Wildcats 71-69 at Tad Smith Coliseum. After the game, teammates mobbed the 5-foot-10 senior as the Rebels celebrated their first win over a top 10 team since 2002.

"It's just so much fun," Warren said. "Winning is fun and we haven't been doing that much lately. We called the play, ran it the right way and it felt good when it left my hand. We needed this really, really bad."

Warren, who had 22 points, made 9 of 15 shots from the field, including 4 of 7 3-pointers.

Terrance Jones had 22 points and Doron Lamb 20 for the Wildcats (16-5, 4-3 SEC), who rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to take the late lead. Lamb missed a running 3-pointer at the buzzer.

"We got the look we wanted," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "We missed."

Ole Miss led 64-55 with 6:31 left, but Kentucky clawed back, taking a 69-68 lead on two free throws by Jones with 1:21 left.

The teams traded empty possessions before Ole Miss called a timeout with just more than 10 seconds left. The play was for Warren, who stutter-stepped a few times and shot.

NO. 2 KANSAS 88, TEXAS TECH 66: Marcus Morris had 18 points for the Jayhawks (21-1, 6-1 Big 12), who never trailed and steadily pulled away en route to their first win in Lubbock since 2003.

NO. 19 WISCONSIN 66, NO. 11 PURDUE 59: Jon Leuer had 24 points and reserve Ryan Evans made two big plays in the final minute to lead the host Badgers (16-5, 6-3 Big Ten) past the Boilermakers (18-5, 7-3). Evans hit a jumper from the free-throw line with 50 seconds left to put Wisconsin ahead for good 60-59. He tied up Purdue's E'Twaun Moore for a jump ball that went to the Badgers with 25 seconds left.

NO. 23 UNC 106, BC 74: Freshman Harrison Barnes had 26 points, making 4 of 7 3-pointers, and Reggie Bullock hit four 3-pointers during a 22-4 surge late in the first half for the visiting Tar Heels (16-5, 6-1 ACC), who tied Duke for first in the conference.

INDIANA: Forward Christian Watford, the team's leading scorer and rebounder, is out indefinitely after having surgery to repair a broken left hand.

ST. JOHN'S: Forward Justin Brownlee fractured his left thumb Sunday but is not expected to miss any time.

TENNESSEE: Starting guard Scotty Hopson sprained his left ankle and is scheduled for further tests today.

Women

NO. 7 XAVIER 102, LA SALLE 51: Katie Rutan had 15 points during a 62-point first half, the Musketeers' biggest this season, and host Xavier (18-2, 7-0 Atlantic 10) matched the 2000-01 team for the best start in school history.

NO. 8 NOTRE DAME 71, SYRACUSE 48: Devereaux Peters had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the host Irish (19-4, 8-1 Big East), and Becca Bruszewski became the 27th player in Notre Dame history to score 1,000 in her career.

NO. 14 W. VA. 59, PROVIDENCE 45: Liz Repella had 16 points for the Mountaineers (20-3, 6-3 Big East), who extended their school record to 31 straight home wins.

NO. 17 G'TOWN 76, LOUISVILLE 52: Sugar Rodgers had 26 points as the Hoyas (18-5, 6-3 Big East) won their fourth straight game and ended the Cardinals' 10-game home winning streak.

NO. 23 MARQUETTE 62, VILLANOVA 57: The host Golden Eagles (18-4, 6-3 Big East) went on an 11-0 run straddling halftime to take control in a game moved up two hours because of the weather.

Late 3 lifts Ole Miss to upset 02/01/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 11:55pm]

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