Rebels Roll Over Delta Devils
Nov. 22, 2013
OXFORD, Miss.- Ole Miss eclipsed the century mark for the first time in almost three years, as the Rebels cruised to an 111-82 win over Mississippi Valley State Friday night.
It was the program's highest scoring output since a 111-50 win over Prairie View A&M on Dec. 29, 2010. Derrick Millinghaus, Demarco Cox and Anthony Perez all posted career highs, while three other Rebels also finished in double figures.
"Once we settled into a rhythm, we were much better offensively," head coach Andy Kennedy said. "We got some guys off the snide. I was really proud of Demarco Cox who has worked so hard. I was glad to see him rewarded by finishing some plays at the basket. Some of that was him finishing, but some of it was us putting him in a position to be successful.
"We win the game. I got some guys hopefully feeling better about themselves because they played better. We have to build and move forward."
Millinghaus led the way with a game-high 21 points on 8-for-14 shooting, his third game in double figures in as many games this season.
"He was really good offensively and gave us great push," Kennedy said. "When he's in the game, we can get up and down the floor and make things happen in the open court."
Cox, who played in just seven games before a foot injury ended his season in 2012-13, recorded his second career double-double, his first career-double since the 2010-11 season. He finished with 15 points on 6-for-7 shooting, to along with a game-high 12 rebounds.
"It felt pretty good to get my first double-double since my freshman year of college," Cox said. "I had been looking for the double-double, and I had a chance to get it tonight, so it builds a lot of confidence for me."
Perez scored in double figures for the second straight game with 14 points on 4-for-6 shooting, having set a career high with 10 points in his last game against Coastal Carolina.
"He's got to play bigger for us defensively, but offensively, he played over the top of smaller people, which is what he needs to do to play with size," Kennedy said.
Ole Miss used an 18-6 run to build what would be an insurmountable 26-12 lead with 8:30 left in the first half. The Rebels went on to take a 54-32 lead into halftime behind 12 points from Millinghaus and 11 points from Perez.
In the second half, the Rebels led by as many as 31 points, as Cox hit two free throws to reach the century mark and extend the lead to 100-69.
The Rebels shot 50.7 percent (36-for-71) from the field, including 9-for-19 from 3-point range, and were 30-for-38 from the free-throw line. Defensively, they held the Delta Devils to 43.5 percent (30-for-69) from the field, including 29.7 percent in the first half.
Ole Miss continues play in the Barclays Center Classic next week with a home game against North Carolina A&T Tuesday before traveling to Brooklyn, N.Y., for a pair of games against Georgia Tech Friday and either Penn State or St. John's Saturday.
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