Final: La Salle 76, Ole Miss 74

Frankly, the Rebels didn’t play well and were unable to guard La Salle off the bounce. Not enough 3-point shooting for Henderson and not enough help for him either.

With all that, they still had a shot at the end.

Interesting comments from Henderson on his future, but I wouldn’t ready anything into them right now. He may come back for his senior season, he may not. He is very unpredictable.

After the game there were wild swings in the conversation with him talking about wanting to be a leader next year to him telling us he’s tired of going to class.

“I want to be a leader, but who am I to tell someone to do something after the problems I’ve caused,” he said. “It’s time for me to take the next step in my leadership especially being an Ole Miss senior next year.”

Then this:

“As I’ve gotten better throughout college, I’m almost there, being a professional player,” he said.

Asked if there was any doubt he’d return, Henderson said, “I don’t know. I haven’t explored any options. I don’t even know if that’s legal. It’s a crazy world out there. You never know what might happen. I’m tired of going to school.”

Here’s the video:

Marshall Henderson


Andy Kennedy



Ramon Galloway is killing Ole Miss right now.

La Salle hasn’t shown much leg weariness in the first half, at least not from Galloway, who is 5-for-8 from 3-point range and leads all scorers with 19.

Murphy Holloway got off to a fast start, but La Salle adjusted. The Rebels haven’t been able to dominate in the paint as they’d hoped. That may change in the second half if Reggie Buckner comes back inspired after missing much of the first half with foul trouble. He picked up his second at the 11:10 mark.

The Rebels looked tentative on offense early. La Salle’s Tyrone Garland got hands in the passing lanes and three times got steals, two of them leading to easy baskets.

A couple of times the Rebels had a surge that looked like might help them take control, but has had trouble with La Salle’s athleticism. Ole Miss turned the ball over eight times in the half.

Henderson got off to a slow start but rallied and is 4-for-10 from the floor, 3-for-9 from 3. He leads Ole Miss with 11 points.

Holloway has seven points, and most of them came early. Nick Williams and Jarvis Summers also have six.

There have been a couple of signs of La Salle fatigue, obviously not enough to matter. There have been a jump shot or two from others and a couple of free throws that make you think.

A couple of those signs, some walking on the floor, came very late in the half.

In short, if the Rebels can guard Galloway they can win.

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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  • Well, after watching Henderson for a couple of games….I don’t know about his value to the team. He can provide a spark, but he doesn’t play good defense, and he has no patience. Waiting on his teammates to get in position to run a play seems to be completely foreign to him. It’s catch it and put it up. I would prefer a player who will pass more, get more assists, take good-look threes, but still play in control. I don’t see that from Henderson. Good job of finishing the season for the Rebs, but like most folks I agree that the inconsistent play killed them this year. Will be interesting to see what happens during the off season. Thanks PA for your great reporting.

  • longfellow51

    They were a lot bigger and stronger inside than LaSalle. The last 3 minutes, Coach Kennedy should have made them feed Buckner and Holloway. LaSalle could not handle those two.

  • longfellow51
    • Concerned

      Yep. Almost as classy as that loud-mouthed coach down south …

  • longfellow51`

    That may be true about Mullen, but I don’t condone any of that immature behavior. Just because someone is on a team I like doesn’t mean I condone their behavior. He is nothing but bad press for Ole Miss or anywhere he has played, He was only 14-42 and 7-27 from 3 point land in 2 tournament games. If it wasn’t for his immature behavior, he would be a non story. All the PR he is getting is all negative – not needed at Ole Miss.

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