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FAYETTEVILLE — Chris Warren knew he was in a rhythm, so there was no reason for the Ole Miss point guard to stop shooting.

He caught the basketball and drained a 3-pointer from the corner, causing Arkansas coach John Pelphrey to scold guard Gary Ervin for his lackadaisical defense.

Warren then dribbled upcourt and sank another 3-pointer from the top of the key, this time over Arkansas guard Patrick Beverley.

"I know if I catch a rhythm, I feel like I've got a pretty good shot," Warren said. "So I was going to let it go regardless."

Not surprisingly, Warren kept shooting Saturday afternoon and his teammates kept passing him the ball when it mattered.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound freshman scored 11 consecutive points during one stretch and finished with a career-high 26 points. But he could do only so much in the final minutes of Arkansas' 75-69 win in front of a crowd of 19,916 in Bud Walton Arena.

"Nobody has been able to figure that guy out. Just remarkable what that young man is doing. Man, he's good," Pelphrey said. "Unflappable. The environment doesn't bother him. Different types of defenses don't bother him."

There is something about point guards who are shorter than 6-foot that seems to give the Razorbacks trouble.

First, there was South Carolina's 5-foot-9 Devan Downey, who scored 28 points while leading the Gamecocks to a shocking 70-66 win in Bud Walton Arena on Jan. 16.

Warren, who's an inch taller than Downey but weighs five pounds less, caused many of the same problems on Saturday.

"He's not as quick off the dribble as Downey, but man, he can shoot the hell out of it," Arkansas forward Sonny Weems said. "He shoots the hell out of it."

Though mired early on by foul trouble, Warren showed why he's considered among the leading candidates for Southeastern Conference freshman of the year honors.

He needed only eight attempts to drain six 3-pointers. Arkansas, on the other hand, made as many 3-pointers on 6-of-25 shooting.

But Warren made his biggest impact in the final two minutes and 28 seconds. He sank back-to-back 3-pointers and made a layup after stealing the ball from Weems to cut Arkansas' lead to 69-64 with 1:27 remaining.

Thirty-six seconds later, Warren dribbled around Arkansas center Steven Hill and drained another 3-pointer, getting Ole Miss to within 70-67.

But Warren didn't get a chance to make the game-tying basket. Ole Miss guard Zach Graham instead attempted a baseline jumper that fell short, and Warren fouled out with seven seconds remaining.

"We were trying to score as fast as we can, but I wouldn't mind getting the ball. I was ready," Warren said. "If I would have gotten it, I would have probably done the same thing from behind the arc."

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