Marshall Henderson video
After missing his first eight 3-pointers Marshall Henderson hit 3 of his last 4 and helped the Rebels blow it open in the second half.
He finished with a career-high 32 points going 8-for-19 from the floor, 3-for-12 from 3, 13-for-14 from the free throw line.
Ole Miss as a team was 38-for-44 from the free throw line including — get this — 7-for-8 from Murphy Holloway. Reggie Buckner was good too, 7-for-9 from the free throw line.
The Rebels were only plus-3 on the glass at halftime but finished plus-15.
Jarvis Summers, much more assertive on offense, scored the Rebels’ first nine points of the second half, helping Ole Miss maintain control when it really should have had a larger halftime lead. Summers was 4-for-7 from the floor, 8-for-9 from the free throw line and finished with 16 points.
Holloway didn’t start but was into the game before it was 3 minutes old. He had his eighth double-double with 15 points — 13 in the first half — and 12 rebounds. Buckner had a double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds.
I’ll post video when I get back to the hotel.
The Rebels were in man early but spent most of the half in a zone defense that gave Tennessee some problems.
Early on Ole Miss forced turnovers and scoring in transition. That helped build the early lead. It was never more than nine points. Ole Miss couldn’t stretch the lead, but the Vols couldn’t get closer than six points back even though they got better looks against the zone later in the half.
Murphy Holloway, who leads the SEC with seven double-doubles, has 13 points and seven rebounds right now, all of that off the bench. LaDarius White and Aaron Jones started in place of Holloway and Nick Williams.
Even so, Kennedy substituted freely in the first half.
Holloway is 5-for-6 from the free throw line where Ole Miss is 12-for-14 as a team.
Tennessee is 2-for-12 shooting 3s against the zone. The Rebels are 0-for-6 from 3, 0-for-5 from Marshall Henderson who has 10 points nonetheless.
Notebook: Quiet point guard battle for Rebels
Ole Miss at Tennessee
Tip: 7 p.m., Thompson-Boling Arena (21,678)
TV: SEC Network. The game will air on WCBI’s ‘My Mississippi’ channel
Live Streaming: ESPN3
Radio: Ole Miss network. Satellite: XM 200
Series: Tennessee leads 69-39
Coaches – Tennessee, Cuonzo Martin 88-60, five seasons; 27-19 seconds season at Tennesse. Ole Miss, Andy Kennedy, 157-93, eight seasons, 136-80, seventh season at Ole Miss.
Notes: Ole Miss is opening SEC play on the road for the 12th time in 15 years. The Rebels also close SEC play on the road at LSU on March 9. … Ole Miss F Murphy Holloway leads the SEC in double-doubles with seven. … Holloway has 885 career rebounds, second to Walter Actwood’s 945 on the Ole Miss career list. … Reggie Buckner’s six blocked shots against Fordham gave him 268 for his career tied for ninth in SEC history and four blocks behind the eighth spot held by former Florida star Dwayne Schintzius.
Probable starters Pts. Reb.
G Trae Golden 6-2 Jr. 11.8 4.3*
G Skylar McBee 6-3 Sr. 6.3 1.2
G Josh Richardson 6-6 So. 8.4 5.4
F Jarnell Stokes 6-8 So. 11.3 7.5
F Kenny Hall 6-9 Sr. 7.4. 6.7
C Yemi Makanjuola 6-9 So. 2.3 2.9
G D’Montre Edwards 6-6 Jr. 3.2 2.4
Ole Miss 11-2
F Murphy Holloway 6-7 Sr. 15.8 10.9
F Reggie Buckner 6-9 Sr. 10.7 7.1
G Nick Williams 6-4 Sr. 11.0 2.8
G Jarvis Sumers 6-3 So. 7.2 3.8*
G Marshall Henderson 6-2 Jr. 18.2 3.2
G Derrick Millinghaus 5-10 Fr. 7.7 1.9*
F Aaron Jones 6-9 So. 4.0 4.0
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