Nelson hard to replace in Rebels' SEC opener

By Parrish Alford | NEMS Daily Journal

BATON ROUGE, La. – Individual success stories were hard to find for Ole Miss in an 81-55 loss at LSU.
That included the three players who were expected to fill the void created by the dismissal of Dundrecous Nelson.
Guards Jelan Kendrick, LaDarius White and Maurice Aniefiok – three freshmen – figured to divide the minutes.
Kendrick, who missed the Rebels’ most recent game, a 50-48 win over SMU, for what coach Andy Kennedy called a “coach’s decision,” finished with eight points, two assists, two turnovers and three steals in 25 minutes.
He did not enter until the Tigers were well in front and leading 30-12 with 6 minutes, 8 seconds remaining in the first half.
“It was an eye-opener for me and the guys that we definitely need to get in the gym and work harder. I think we lacked in the hustle and toughness today,” he said. “Hopefully we can pick it up and move forward.”
Aniefiok had four points on 2 for 6 shooting and missed his only 3-point attempt. White was 2 for 3 from the arc had seven points and one rebound.
Solid minutes from Jones
Freshman forward Aaron Jones figured more prominently into the game plan that he did in the last two games. He played only four minutes against Dayton and did not play against SMU, the Rebels’ last two games.
Jones, 6-foot-8 and athletic, played 12 minutes, fouling out with 4:28 remaining with five points, five rebounds and a blocked shot.
“I love his energy. I would have played him a lot of minutes, but he fouled out,” Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. “I like his athleticism. He gets to balls, and he has an SEC bounce to him. This team seems slow and lethargic. We don’t have very good team speed, and he enhances that.”
Free throw setback
The Rebels were able to get to the free throw line but didn’t take full advantage when there, hitting 15 of 26 attempts.
Ole Miss went into the day shooting 59.9 percent from the line, but free throw shooting had improved of late after a 9 for 11 effort (81.8 percent) against Dayton and a 14 for 17 effort (82.3 percent) against SMU.
Quotable
“I thought it was probably as good as we have played in terms of execution on offense. We spent a lot of time trying to clean up things throughout the course of the week in terms of our offensive efficiency, passing, catching, feeding the post.” – LSU coach Trent Johnson
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