Golden Road

Home court eased the Ole Miss freshmen into college action, but the group showed their ability on the road as well Saturday.

Chris Warren and Trevor Gaskins led four Rebels in double figures and hit shots down the stretch to hold off Central Florida (4-4) 76-67 and run their season record to 7-0.

"I thought we made some huge plays defensively late and made some big plays at the basket," Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy said. "We were able to get a nine-point victory on the road, and those can be hard to come by. To walk out of an opposing venue with the win, you have to take it, and we did."

Warren struggled running the point position but produced a team-high 18 points followed by 13 from Gaskins. Dwayne Curtis and Kenny Williams were both effective inside with 12 and 11.

Warren had taken care of the ball most of the season, but he failed to net an assist while turning it over nine times.

A fast start allowed Ole Miss to hold a comfortable advantage through most of the contest, but the Golden Knight responded in the second half. The Rebels led by 13 at the nine-minute mark, but a 12-0 UCF run left just a point between the teams five minutes later.

Curtis broke the run with two free throws, but the Golden Knights responded with two from the charity stripe of their own. That is when Warren took over to expand the lead.

The freshmen playing close to home in Orlando scored on a lay-up and followed with a steal and another drop-in for a five-point lead.

Two more free throws from Curtis and a fastbreak dunk from Williams pushed the lead to three possessions with less than a minute remaining to ice it.

Three UCF players finished with double figures led by Jermaine Taylor's game-high 19 points.

Ole Miss finished 47 percent from the field and 33 percent from behind the arc. The Rebels were also an uncharacteristic 16-25 at the charity stripe.

Freshman Zach Graham lifted the Rebels in the first half with nine points on 4-5 shooting. Ole Miss led 42-32 at the break.

"I thought this was a great learning situation," Kennedy said. "This was really good for us and will help us in SEC play."

They return to action Thursday against Winthrop in Jackson at the Mississippi Coliseum.

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