Ole Miss 65, Auburn 62

I must say between jury duty and a pipe issue leading to a flooded bathroom I’m hopeful that 2014 takes an upward turn soon.

It took an upward turn for the Rebels tonight as they hung on for a 65-62 win over Auburn in their SEC opener.

I did not make the game. I’ve been following along as I clean up water damage.

Obviously, Marshall Henderson makes a difference. Derrick Millinghaus with a team-high 16 points stepped up his scoring tonight. He was one of four players in double figures. That’s a good thing, because from the looks of things, Jarvis Summers wasn’t as efficient as he has been. He was 6-for-17 from the floor and finished with 14 points. He was 2-for-5 from 3 but didn’t get to the free throw line much, just 0-for-1. Aaron Jones has 12 points on 5-for-10 shooting, and LaDarius White had 10 points with a couple of 3s and four free throws.

Interesting to see playing time for freshman Janari Joesaar tonight. I know it’s a depth issue, but I’m wondering if this kid could spark something. I would like to have seen him tonight. In the exhibition he was a guy who looked smooth and confident with the ball. The Rebels need scoring, and Joesaar looks for his shot. Or at least he did way back then. He had five points and three rebounds in nine minutes going 2-for-2 from the floor, 1-for-1 from 3.

I look forward to hearing his reviews.

Rebounding is still an issue for this team, and I don’t see that changing soon. The Rebels were minus-10 on the glass tonight, outrebounded 40-30. In spite of that they managed to edge Auburn in second-chance points 14-13 and had only nine turnovers to Auburn’s 18.

These numbers are coming from the live box, by the way. They don’t always line up exactly with the final box score, but they’re pretty close.

With one day to go, serving on the grand jury has been an educational experience listening to stories that bring equal parts humor, heartache and anger.

I am hoping to catch up with the Rebels in Starkville to see if they can improve to 1-1 without Henderson.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • Killer_Beeze

    I to was impressed with the valuable minutes freshman Janari Joesaar contributed. I hope to see more of him down the stretch and how he syncs up with the rest of the guys.
    I must say Coach AK has quite a diverse group of young men: Joesaar from Estonia (Northern Europe), Perez from Venezuela, Saiz from Spain, and Colby originally from the Bahamas. It’ll be interesting to see how they all gel as a team this season. You know, it may be a good thing to see how everyone performs without Henderson these two games. Gotta look at it as a glass half full or half empty.
    PA…having served jury duty on a couple of occasions I must say from my experience it is a real social ‘education’.

    • Parrish Alford

      I found it to be rewarding, but I’m also glad to get out of the hopper and not have to clear my calendar for a while.

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