Rebels finish the regular season 18-13, 9-9. We’ll know SEC tournament seeding information later this evening, probably between the 6 and 8 seeds.
Nice finish for Henderson and the Rebels at home.
In one of his rare visits to the media room he’d obviously been crying. Then he loosened up. Good stuff here:
Vanderbilt’s Dai-jon Parker did a good job of fighting through screens and guarding Henderson. Henderson in turn did a good job of getting to the rim.
I mentioned on Twitter middle of the second half that Ole Miss would not win unless Henderson or Summers — or both — hit a couple of big shots. Henderson ultimately did but they were at the free throw line.
The Rebels were at one point below 60 percent at the free throw line for the game, but they hit their last six — four of them by Henderson — who was 6-for-7 for the game.
He hit two with 3:36 left for a 61-60 Ole Miss lead, the Rebels’ first since 27-26 at 5:21 in the first half.
Ole Miss was 24-for-39 from the line for the game.
Henderson at the free throw line was basically a matter of taking what the defense was giving.
So, Henderson finishes with 18 points on 5-for-19 floor shooting, 2-for-13 from 3. Summers was 4-for-9 from the floor, 3-for-4 from the free throw line and had 12 points. Below average for both of them, but they’ll take the win over the numbers.
In many ways it was a typical Ole Miss game. There was energy and effort from the bigs. They’re just not very good. A rebound margin that I think reached minus-12 during the game finished at minus-3. Probably has to do in part to Vanderbilt’s depth, but Ole Miss did rebound better down the stretch.
Anthony Perez didn’t score. A great talent. Sometimes he shows up, sometimes he doesn’t.
The most painful part of the status quo is the bigs’ inability to make shots at the rim. You heard Kennedy describe it as “agonizing, deflating.” That has to be fixed if the Rebels are going to have any sort of success next season.
The energy is there, the production is not. Henderson leads Ole Miss with seven points but is only 2-for-8 from the floor, 1-for-5 from 3.
Vanderbilt was getting really good looks in the paint early and knocking down shots. The Rebels used pressure mid-court defense to go on an 11-0 run and take the lead, but Vanderbilt has surged back ahead.
Vanderbilt is 10-for-10 at the free throw line, Ole Miss 11-for-19. Vandy is plus-8 on the glass.
Ole Miss, as has become the norm this season, has missed repeated shots at the rim.
Final regular season game, and the home finale for Marshall Henderson who was just honored in a Senior Day tribute:
Game updates on Twitter.