"I thought both teams played pretty hard," Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy said. "It's a long year. This is our 34th game. When you get to this stage, you just want them to have some pride and line up and play.
"We're lucky in that we have two great seniors in Chris Warren and Zach Graham. You can always count on those kids coming with the right approach, giving you everything that they got. As a coach, I'm extremely proud and grateful to them."
Warren scored 23 points for Ole Miss (20-14) and became just the fourth player in Southeastern Conference history to have 2,000 points and 400 assists in his career, joining LSU's Pete Maravich, Tennessee's Allan Houston and Georgia's Litterial Green.
"Me and Z, we laid it on the line for our fans and teammates. We played hard. We're sad that it has to come to an end, especially on a loss," Warren said.
Graham, who played in a school-record 135 games as a senior, added 17 points. Graham finished his career with well over 1,200 points.
"I really enjoyed my four years here, especially having a player, friend, brother off the court like Chris," Graham said.
Wednesday marked the 10th overall NIT appearance for Ole Miss and fourth in the last five seasons. Ole Miss now has a 13-10 record in all NIT games, and a 7-4 record under Kennedy.
"My hope is that after a little bit of a break, a very, very thorough evaluation of where we are," Kennedy said. "How do we take the next step moving forward? We'll go back to work. It's an ongoing process. A lot of things change. There's a lot of moving parts to basketball.
"We're in the most transit sport in all of collegiate sports in my opinion. Guys come and guys go. We'll see where we are and see how we can improve so that hopefully next year we can be where we all want to be."