Final: Ole Miss 88, Auburn 55

Marshall Henderson went 8-for-12 from 3, tying the school record — with Keith Carter and Chris Warren — of 3-point makes in a game.

Neither Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy nor Henderson are giving up on the NCAA tournament chase. Kennedy addresses that in the video, Henderson addresses it a little more clearly and calls out the Ole Miss fans.

Below the video clips are the notes and numbers from halftime that never reached the blog because of technical issues at the mother ship. We’re trying to get that corrected.

Kennedy

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIzWcmC99ak&w=560&h=315]

Henderson

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n19XPpZbd18&w=560&h=315]

Marshall Henderson didn’t start for what was described as a “coach’s decision,” which is Andy Kennedy-speak for violation of team rules.

If it was something really big involving Henderson it would have surfaced in a Twitter picture by now.

Henderson himself has been really big, 5-for-6 from 3 and 19 points in the first half. It’s the first time since the Mississippi State game on Feb. 6 that he’s made more than three 3-pointers in a game.

He should help Ole Miss win the “bench scoring” category on the stat sheet.

Auburn is shooting 42.3 percent, a figure that would be much higher if the Tigers knocked down half the open looks they’ve missed.

Ole Miss was really going to Reggie Buckner early. Buckner didn’t really respond with big buckets but did get Auburn’s bigs in a little foul trouble.

Beyond Henderson, which is eight points from being tied with Auburn by himself, LaDarius White has nine points for Ole Miss, and no one else has more than four.

Looks like a little more energy from Murphy Holloway on the glass and more defensive energy from Buckner.

Holloway has six rebounds, half of them on the offensive end.

Anthony Perez and Terry Brutus have been the guys to get more minutes since the injury to Aaron Jones. There has been production in spots but not much from either today, though they’ve both been worked in a good bit.

The gym did fill up pretty good after baseball, though the student section is a fraction of what it was in earlier home games.

While a sellout is expected there aren’t many folks at Tad Smith 20 minutes from. That may change after baseball. A crowd of 7,390 was announced in a game that is still scoreless in the ninth, though it sounds like Rhode Island is threatening.

Both teams are on the floor warming up now.

Here’s what the Tad Smith student section looks like now.

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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  • JB

    Rebels still holding on to that fourth place in SEC standing should that remain they are in good shape, in my view – could land a spot in ncaa tournament. The baseball team doing very good so far, pitching their strong arm. i think two shoot outs this young season, one against TCU and then in yesterdays game shooting out the Rhodies, but don’t think that will happen again to day. Rhodies came back strong last week-end against FSU and almost pulled it out, except for a walkoff homer by the Noles in tenth inning. Noles currently rated about #7 nationally. Gators doing very badly since the loss of all those all american sluggers from last season’s team. they let a once Jr college team from Panama City take two from them this weekend. That jr college has supplied the majors with player before.Don Sutton for one. a good day to all. JB


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