Rebels Stay Unbeaten With Win Over NCA&T
Oxford, MS-Junior forward Aaron Jones recorded his first career double-double, while sophomore Derrick Millinghaus scored a game-high 16 points, as Ole Miss cruised to an 84-50 win over North Carolina A&T Tuesday.
The Rebels (4-0) will now head to Brooklyn, N.Y. for the final two games of the Barclays Classic — Georgia Tech on Friday and either Penn State or St. John’s on Saturday.
“We had the opportunity to get different guys minutes,” head coach Andy Kennedy said of the first four games. “It was great to get Dwight Coleby extended minutes tonight and see how he can be block-to-block, especially defensively. I feel good about the first four games. We did what we were supposed to do. We got through the first four unscathed and now the stakes get raised.”
Jones, coming off a season-ending ACL injury last season, has started all four games and had a career day in Tuesday’s win over the Aggies (1-4). He finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
“I’m really proud of him,” Kennedy said. “Demarco had one last game; AJ gets one today. He was really active, especially in the second half.”
“It feels great coming off the ACL injury,” Jones said. “It’s the first of many, hopefully. I’m improving as a player overall, and there are still some more things I need to improve.”
Ole Miss turned defense into offense with 39 points off 21 turnovers in the game. The Rebels also held North Carolina A&T to 25.5 percent (12-for-47) shooting, including 17.2 percent in the second half, during which they allowed just 17 points.