Thursday, December 20, 2007

Rebs Win Another Close One

Ole Miss got passed Depaul this afternoon in what was an up and down game for both teams where the lead only got to about five for most of the game for either team. There were multiple lead changes in a game that had listeners very anxious.

A clutch play call for Andy Kennedy in the final minute when he drew up a play for Chris Warren to drain a three pointer to put the Rebs up four with seconds to play in the game. Depaul is not a great team, but they played well and have matched up well against several good teams this year. Clutch game for Warren and a big game for Kenny Williams as he grabbed 16 boards on the game. Also another great game for Dwayne Curtis who had 21 points for the Rebs.

This is the second game in a row where the Rebs have pulled it out in the final minutes. One of these days it is going to catch up with them. Ole Miss takes on La Salle tomorrow in their second of a three game tournament.

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – Ole Miss struggled shooting against a physical DePaul squad, but made the clutch shots down the stretch to remain perfect at 9-0 and prevail 69-63 in the Rebels’ first of three games at the San Juan Shootout.

Dwayne Curtis led the Rebels with 21 points and made 7-of-8 from the charity stripe. Kenny Williams posted his third double-double of the year with 10 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. Chris Warren added 11 points (all in the second half) and David Huertas 10.

Ole Miss held DePaul to six field goals in the second half and none over the last nine minutes of the game.

Warren hit a big three with 30 seconds remaining when he went up with an off-balance shot and drained it to seal the win.

Draelon Burns topped the Blue Demons with 17 points, including 12-of-12 free throws. Karron Clarke added 11 points and 11 rebounds and Wesley Green chipped in 10 points.

There were 11 lead changes in the game and the score was tied nine times.

The Blue Demons led 31-27 at halftime, the first time all season the Rebels have trailed at the break. Both teams struggled from the floor in the first half, with DePaul edging Ole Miss 34.3 percent to 30.6 percent. Curtis cored a team-high eight in the first period, while Williams grabbed 10 boards in the half.