Halftime: Ole Miss 44, Auburn 27

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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