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November 8, 2013

Summers scores 28 to pace Ole Miss in opener

Ole Miss guard Jarvis Summers talks to reporters Friday night following his 28-point outing in the Rebels' 69-54 season-opening win over Troy.

OXFORD, Miss. -- Jarvis Summers didn't have his usual backcourt mate on Friday night.

So Ole Miss' veteran point guard did the next best thing and replaced his points.

Summers scored 28 points, including 22 in the first half, to held lead the Rebels to a 69-54 win over Troy in the season opener for both teams at Tad Smith Coliseum.

"Probably after my second shot, I felt good with the ball coming out of my hand," said Summers, who hit 10 of 19 shots from the floor, five of 10 from behind the arc and all three of his attempts from the free throw line. "From there, I just did what I had to do. I love to shoot the ball. The ball was feeling good, so I just kept shooting."

"(Summers) was huge," Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. "When you're void of offense, you need guys to step up and he was tremendous early. …One of the things I was trying to do was get him to be more aggressive. I see

Ole Miss, playing without Henderson as part of the All-Southeastern Conference guard's three-game suspension for offseason violations of team rules, got 13 points from Derrick Millinghaus and six each from Aaron Jones, Demarco Cox and freshman Sabastian Saiz. Jones added a game-high 13 rebounds, including eight on the offensive end.

While the Rebels (1-0) didn't dominate on the offensive end, Kennedy said he was pleased with his team's efficiency in other facets. Ole Miss held Troy (0-1) to 34.7 percent shooting from the floor, out-rebounded the Trojans 53-38 and forced 15 turnovers.

Ole Miss made just 34.7 percent of its shots from the floor, 21.4 percent (6-of-28) from the 3-point line and 56.5 percent from the free throw line.

"Those are unacceptable numbers," Kennedy said.

With the game tied at 11-11 early, Ole Miss got a pair of 3-pointers from Summers and a baseline jumper from Saiz to take a 19-11 lead. The Rebels never really looked back. Ole Miss led by 13 at halftime and by as many as 18 early in the second half.

Troy, which got 11 points each from Tevin Calhoun and Kevin Thomas, pulled to within 10 points with 7:54 left. However, Summers answered with a 3-pointer and the Rebels never allowed the Trojans to make another run.

"If you would've told me we were going to beat that team by 15 points and Snoop White was going to go 1-for-8, Anthony Perez was going to go 1-for-6 and Derrick was going to go 5-for-15 and 2-for-5 from the foul line, I would've doubted your intelligence because I wouldn't have known how we would've scored," Kennedy said. "Thank goodness Jarvis came up with a career night."

Ole Miss, with Henderson back in the lineup, travels to Coastal Carolina on Nov. 16.

Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy talks to reporters following the Rebels' season-opening win over Troy Saturday.

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