Final: Ole Miss 84, Georgia 74 OT

It would be nice to give you a little Marshall Henderson reaction after he scored 25 points — not in the way you might think — to lead the way.

Henderson scored the Rebels’ last 14 points of regulation. He finished just 1-for-7 from the 3-point line, and that one came early. But he was 4-for-6 inside it and was an impressive 14-for-14 from the free throw line.

He had a layup that could have been a game-winner go inside the circle and out with 27 seconds left.

Henderson flashed into the media room for a mere second just to say, “All I’m sayin’ is it’s Saturday night. I’m out.” Then he basically skipped down the hall and out the door.

Here’s Andy Kennedy video:

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Lots in the night is the fact that Kennedy won his 144th game at Ole Miss, tying B.L. Graham as the school’s winningest coach.

It’s not a topic that’s been discussed much during recent Ole Miss struggles. The Rebels have lost four of five coming into tonight’s game and let a great opportunity slip away at Texas A&M on Wednesday.

It took Graham 13 seasons to win 144 games. Kennedy is nearing the end of his seventh season.

Georgia is plus-7 on the boards and is shooting 53.3 percent to Ole Miss’ 35.7 percent.

The Bulldogs have a six-point lead while their best player, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has a quiet seven points on 3-for-9 shooting. He does have six rebounds and his presents affects the defensive spacing.

Ole Miss is struggling to get good looks against Georgia’s zone. While Marshall Henderson sat out the last 14 minutes with foul trouble, Georgia didn’t have those same concerns with spacing when Ole Miss was on offense.

This is not an insurmountable lead by any stretch, but the first half has not restored confidence that this team is going to play defense.

Maybe Henderson can get hot in the second half. He hasn’t had a real hot streak since the MSU game. He was just 2-for-8 from 3 at both Missouri and Texas A&M. He’s 1-for-3 from 3 right now and had five points before picking up his second foul.

About 20 minutes to tip here at Tad Smith, which feels like it needs to have the heat cranked up. Both teams are on the floor shooting. This clip includes a look at two guys on the bench that Ole Miss is really missing right now.

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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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