FINAL: Ole Miss 77, East Tennessee State 55

Good to see Marshall Henderson find his 3-point touch. The Rebels will need that moving forward, beginning next week with a road trip to California and Hawaii.

Henderson said he was no more cautious with his shot selection even though he’d shot just 21.7 percent from 3 over the previous four games and had his shot selection questioned by Andy Kennedy following the loss at Middle Tennessee.

Regardless, he looked more cautious in the first half, and that’s when he hit a couple of early shots to build confidence. He finished 7-for-15 from the floor, 6-for-13 from 3-point range. The 3-point night matched his best game of the season. He was also 6-for-13 against Coastal Carolina.

Here some Henderson video:

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Kennedy was happy to see Henderson shooting well again but overall was unhappy with a team that posted 18 turnovers for the second straight game.

He says the Rebels are weak with the ball, and certainly they looked like that against Middle.

Here’s more from Kennedy:

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Henderson had five turnovers to lead all players. Kennedy used 11 players, and 10 had at least one turnover. The only player who did not was Demarco Cox who played 12 minutes.

HALFTIME: Ole Miss 33, ETSU 22

There were 10 lead changes in the first half, but there probably will not be another.

The turnovers curtailed on the back end of the first half, and the Rebels used a 15-1 run to pull away highlighted by back-to-back 3-pointers by Jarvus Summers and Martavious Newby.

Mashall Henderson has gotten off to a good start. That will be good for his confidence. His shot selection is better, and he’s 3-for-7 from the floor, 2-for-5 from 3. He’s got 10 points and five rebounds, leading the Rebels in both category.

Murphy Holloway picked up his second foul before the 14-minute mark and went to the bench, not to be seen again.

Demarco Cox has gotten lots of minutes in the first half, and the rust is evident. However, you can see Cox getting in position to make plays. In days to come he’ll finish those plays better.

For the half, the Rebels have 10 turnovers. They are shooting 38.7 percent but holding ETSU to 26.7 percent.

The Rebels have six blocked shots – three by Reggie Buckner – and six steals.

 

Some shootaround video here:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_j_UsbX_Fw?rel=0&w=560&h=315]

Murphy Holloway walked over to the table to chat a few minutes. He said he considered driving to the rim before he pulled the trigger on the 3-pointer at Middle last week. He said that he and Andy Kennedy have not had a conversation about the judgment of that shot.

Not a lot of folks here about 24 minutes before the tip.

East Tennessee is off to a 2-5 start amid and has had some personnel issues with injury and off-the-court stuff.

This should be a game in which a lot of Ole Miss players can get some needed playing time.

We’ll see.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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