Scores

Final

Auburn 62

(8-4, 0-1 SEC)

Ole Miss 65

(10-4, 1-0 SEC)

Coverage: ESPN2/WatchESPN

7:00 PM ET, January 9, 2014

C.M. 'Tad' Smith Coliseum, Oxford, Mississippi

1 2 T
AUB 28 3462
MISS 31 3465

Top Performers

Auburn: C. Denson 28 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Stl

Ole Miss: A. Jones 12 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 5 Stl, 5 Blk

Mississippi tops Auburn 65-62

Associated Press

OXFORD, Miss. -- Derrick Millinghaus scored 16 points, Jarvis Summers added 14 and Mississippi beat Auburn 65-62 on Thursday night in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.

Aaron Jones added 12 points, seven rebounds, five blocks and five steals for the Rebels (10-4), who were playing without suspended leading scorer Marshall Henderson.

Ole Miss has won five straight in the series against the Tigers. The Rebels won despite being outrebounded 40-30 and giving up 19 offensive rebounds.

Auburn (8-4) was led by Chris Denson's 28 points while KT Harrell added 11. Harrell missed a 3-pointer that could have tied the game on the final possession.

The loss snapped the Tigers' four-game winning streak.

Henderson was suspended a total of three games -- the season opener on Nov. 8 against Troy, the Auburn game and Saturday's Mississippi State game -- for on-and off-the-court issues during and following last season.

It was quickly apparent that the Rebels would miss Henderson's scoring ability -- especially from the perimeter. Ole Miss did enough to take a 31-28 halftime lead, but lost it early in the second half after a stretch of just two points in seven minutes.

Auburn's backcourt of KT Harrell and Denson ranked one-two in the SEC in scoring coming into Thursday's game, but foul trouble kept Harrell off the floor for a big chunk of the second half, so the offensive load fell to Denson.

The 6-foot-2 guard responded brilliantly, pouring in points from all over the court, though he missed his final five shots in a 10-of-25 performance. The problem was he didn't have much help.

That allowed the Rebels to stay close. Ole Miss pushed ahead on back-to-back buckets by Jones -- one on a 15-foot jumper and the other on a dunk -- to give the Rebels a 62-57 lead with 1:42 remaining.

Jones also had a huge block with 25 seconds left, swatting away Malcolm Canada's layup attempt that would have made it a one-possession game.

It's a deflating loss for the Tigers, who had played their best basketball of the season coming into the Ole Miss game. Their four-game winning streak included victories over Boston College and Clemson.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
AUB
MISS
Points 62 65
FG Made-Attempted 22-56 (.393) 23-53 (.434)
3P Made-Attempted 8-22 (.364) 7-14 (.500)
FT Made-Attempted 10-15 (.667) 12-21 (.571)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 13 (0/0)

2013-14 Season

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