Brooklyn Bound

The warm-ups are over. Ole Miss has reached the meat of its non-conference schedule, with the Barclays Center Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y., up first.

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The Rebels moved to 4-0 on the year Tuesday afternoon, easily doing away with North Carolina A&T, 84-50. Junior forward Aaron Jones led the way with his first career double-double, posting 11 points and 10 rebounds.

"It's very rewarding. The first of many," Jones said. "Don't dwell on it. Next game, we go to New York and play a great Georgia Tech team. I'm looking forward to that."

Ole Miss faces Georgia Tech Friday at 3:30 p.m. The Barclays Center Classic is in its second year. The tournament also features Penn State and St. John's. The championship and consolation games will be played Saturday, Nov. 30.

"It's the next step for us. I'm excited to see how we respond against another BCS opponent on Friday night," Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy said.

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"A team much like ourselves, trying to find themselves a bit. But we know Georgia Tech has quality players. It'll be a big challenge for us, and one in which I'm looking forward to seeing how we respond."

"Real ready," Jones said of heading to New York. "We've got some things we need to improve on, but overall, I feel great about it."

Derrick Millinghaus, who scored a career-high 21 points in a win over Mississippi Valley State last week, had a game-high 16 points on 5 of 11 shooting against North Carolina A&T. He didn't turn the ball over, while adding four assists.

Jarvis Summers followed with 13 points and six assists. Marshall Henderson tallied eight points, though he was limited to only 13 minutes played. He played all of one minute in the second half.

"Just a coaches' decision with Marshall," Kennedy said. "They got into that box-and-one and it kind of threw us. We got real passive with it. We knew if he was out of the game they weren't going to be in it and we could attack."

Ole Miss shot 51 percent from the floor for the game, including 46 percent from 3. While North Carolina A&T held the edge in rebounding, 37-33, the Rebels turned the Aggies over 21 times. Two players, Richaud Pack and Lamont Middleton, totaled 13 points apiece to lead North Carolina A&T.

The win capped a successful few opening weeks for Kennedy and the Rebels. Ole Miss is currently riding a 22-game non-conference winning streak.

"We had the opportunity to get different guys minutes," Kennedy said. "I feel good about it. We did what we were supposed to do. We got through the first four unscathed. Now, obviously, the stakes get raised."

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