By Parrish Alford
OXFORD – Ole Miss can be thankful for a 4-0 record before its schedule gets a lot tougher.
Three players scored in double figures, Marshall Henderson not among them, as the Rebels defeated North Carolina A&T 84-50 Tuesday afternoon at Tad Smith Coliseum.
Ole Miss will be back in action Friday at 3:30 p.m. against Georgia Tech at the Barclays Center Classic in Brooklyn.
The Rebels will play either Penn State or St. John’s on Saturday. Both games in New York will be televised by the NBC Sports cable network.
The Rebels started quickly against North Carolina A&T with a 9-0 run but had trouble for a time with the Aggies’ box-and-one defense, and they closed to 32-29 with 5 minutes, 22 seconds left in the first half.
The Aggies, though, had trouble when the Rebels sped them up with a halfcourt trap, and Ole Miss went to halftime with a 47-33 lead.
North Carolina A&T (1-4) was 11 points back early in the second half when Ole Miss surged ahead to put the game away.
A 15-0 run by the Rebels began with a Derrick Millinghaus 3-pointer and was capped with back-to-back 3s from Anthony Perez.
Millinghaus led all scorers with 16 points. He was 3-for-6 from 3-point range with four assists.
“He was putting pressure on the ball. We turned them over 21 times,” Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. “Our trapping stuff was bothering them a little bit. He gave us great push, and any time you can have a point guard play 20-plus minutes and not turn it over shows that he has good control of the ball.”
Jarvis Summers had 13 points, and Aaron Jones had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Henderson on bench
Henderson, playing off the bench for the third-straight game, had eight points. He was 2-for-6 from the floor, all 3-point shots.
He played only 13 minutes, because Kennedy wanted to draw the Aggies out of the box-and-one, the coach said.
“We did what we were supposed to do. We got through the first four unscathed and now the stakes get raised,” Kennedy said.