November 13, 2007

Rebels get big night from Polynice

South Alabama fought back from a 19-point first half deficit, but the Ole Miss men's basketball team held on for an 81-79 win Tuesday night at Tad Smith Coliseum.

But though things got ugly at the end, Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy said his team needed to be in this type of situation.

"That was perfect for our team," he said. "I can't sit here and tell you I enjoyed watching it, but it's what we needed."

Senior forward Kenny Williams said the team's enjoyed its early success a little too much.

"People get comfortable," he said. "The team needs to get a killer instinct. This is the perfect time (to learn this lesson).

"It was a gut-check."

Eniel Polynice finished with a career-high 28 points, including 21 in the first half, to go along with seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and a blocked shot.

Polynice's seven 3's paced the Rebels from beyond the arc, where Ole Miss (2-0) hit 12-of-26 three-point attempts. Polynice is the second Rebel to hit seven 3's in a game this season, after freshman Trevor Gaskins hit seven in the Rebels' opener.

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