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Juju Murray goes off on a career night for Ole Miss

The transfer guard dropped in 26 points in the win

NCAA Basketball: Mount St. Mary’s at Mississippi Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

Jaylen Murray goes by the nickname Juju, and in case you didn’t know, he is on one heck of a heater right now.

Ole Miss (8-0) won 77-68 over Mount St. Mary’s on Tuesday at the SJB Pavilion and Murray led the team with a career high 26 points. Murray went 9-15 from the field and 7-8 from the free throw line including six straight makes in the closing minutes to ice the game.

It’s the second straight game Murray led the Rebels in scoring after dropping 22 on Memphis on Saturday and hitting four of six from three point range. To me, Murray’s emergence has stretched opposing defenses thinner allowing for Matthew Murrell to become much more of a threat on the court.

In both wins, Murrell was just two points behind the leading scorer giving Ole Miss a two-headed offensive monster in the backcourt. The team seems to be gelling after early on Murrell and Jaemyn Brakefield looked to be offensively struggling and transfer Allen Flanigan mostly picked up the slack.

On Tuesday, however, Flanigan contributed ten points in 29 minutes and had three rebounds. Brakefield added six points but led the team in rebounds with 13.

The win pushed Ole Miss to its best start since the 2007-2008 season when the program went 12-0 before an SEC opener loss. Next game for the Rebels is a road trip to UCF on Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN+.