About Last Night

A few notes and thoughts from Ole Miss’ 78-64 loss to Florida …

Here’s video from Marshall Henderson after the game:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-W5V8HRa6E&w=560&h=315]

Henderson says he didn’t tone down his antics, and Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy says Henderson “isn’t stupid,” the translation being that Ole Miss was losing the entire game, most of that time by double-digits, so it was not a good time for talking with fans.

Even so, last night was Henderson’s most calm SEC road game yet. When it was over he simply walked off the court flanked by assistant coach Bill Armstrong and operations director Dayton Miller.

The Florida students called out to Henderson the entire game, but I never heard a reference to last week’s USA Today story on his parole violation.

Henderson blew off the story after the game, saying that was old news, and they should have written that a year ago. …

Kennedy summed up the Rebels’ problems when he said they didn’t get enough production from too many people who usually provide some offense. Even though Murphy Holloway finished with 15 points, he was unable to convert enough in the first half — He was 1-for-7 from the floor then — to get anything done.

Just four field goal attempts from Jarvis Summers, four from Reggie Buckner, and LaDarius White goes 2-for-10 from the floor. If the Rebels were going to pull off an upset those numbers were going to have to be very different.

I was impressed with Terry Brutus’ minutes. Unlike the previous three guys, he wasn’t expected to score a lot, but he played with energy and had a nice move on the baseline for a reverse layup. He had three rebounds, a bucket, a turnover and a steal in 12 minutes.

Anthony Perez played eight minutes and had two rebounds, a foul and a turnover. He was 0-for-1 from the floor.  I like his fearlessness on offense. He will be a player. He’s not right now.

Martavious Newby brings energy when he’s in the game but not much offense. He was way off the mark on a 3-pointer from the corner when Henderson was like two feet away with nobody on him. Newby took the shot anyway. He had a rebound, two steals and was 0-for-3 shooting in seven minutes. One of the misses was a transition layup.

Kennedy will learn on Monday if he might have Nick Williams for a few minutes Wednesday against Mississippi State.

Even if he does it’s time for Newby, Perez and/or Brutus to increase their game.

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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  • UMBBFan

    I do not understand how you like Perez’s fearlessness on offense the pound Newby on taking a three. Both need to stop shooting (as does Holloway from further than 2 feet out.). But Newby is instant defense. I have never seen anybody come in and change a game from the defensive end like he does. The silver lining to NW injury is that Newby should get more minutes. Hopefully he will show some fear of launching threes, even when he is as open as he was Saturday.

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