Rebels Coast Past Troy In Season Opener

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OXFORD, Miss. - Jarvis Summers scored a career-high 28 points as Ole Miss coasted past Troy 69-54 in the season opener Friday at Tad Smith Coliseum.

"I love to shoot and ball felt really good in my hands," said Summers, who had 22 in the first half. "I came out shooting and thought I would see what might happen."

Summers was 9 of 11 in the first half, including three shots from three-point range as the Rebels built an insurmountable 39-26 halftime lead. Derrick Millinghaus added 13 points, 10 in the second half, as Ole Miss controlled the season opener for both schools.

"He was huge. He made some big shots early to settle us in," Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. "When you're challenged offensively, you need people to step up and he was tremendous."

The Rebels needed the first half outburst  from Summers. Troy challenged early, pulling into an 11-11 tie as Thomas capped a 6-0 run with a layup with 13 minutes remaining. The Trojans managed only two other field goals for the remainder of the half, finishing 7 of 22 from the field.

Ole Miss answered with an 18-2 run to build what became an insurmountable 29-13 lead. Summers accounted for 15 of the points in the decisive surge as the Rebels built a 39-26 halftime lead.

The Rebels led by as many as 18 points in the opening five minutes in the second half, 51-33. Millinghaus, with 10 second half points, hit a twisting layup with 15:46 left to provide the game's largest margin.

Troy pulled within 59-49 with 7:47 left on a jumper by Thomas, but failed to convert two ensuing possessions to get within single digits. Summers responded with a rare four-point play, converting the free throw after a three-point shot, for a 63-49 lead with 6:39 left and Troy never closer than 12 points again.

"We just couldn't get it under 10 points," said Troy first-year coach Phil Cunningham. "We had two huge possessions where we didn't convert.

But the difference in the game was they just wiped us out on the offensive and defensive glass."

The Rebels out-rebounded Troy 53-38 with Aaron Jones pulling down a game-high 13. The decisive margin on the boards allowed the Rebels to take 23 more shots than Troy, finishing 25 of 72 for 34.7 percent from the field.

"When you get 23 more shots, that's a big difference on the boards,"

Kennedy said. "Aaron was really active and that's what we need. We were really big tonight on the offensive glass."

Troy got 11 points apiece from Tevin Calhoun and Kevin Thomas. The Trojans were 17 of 49 for 34.7 percent from the field and 16 of 25 for 64 percent from the free throw line.

"Our effort was good and we hung in there and gave ourselves a chance," Cunningham said. "We saw positive things out there tonight."

Ole Miss improved to 8-0 against Troy and stretched their season opening winning streak to 10.

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