OXFORD – Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said his team was “destroyed” on the glass at Kentucky, but that wasn’t even the Rebels’ worst performance of the last three games.
That was in Knoxville where Tennessee was plus-18 on the glass. Not surprisingly, both games were losses for the Rebels.
And both games – particularly Kentucky – were taken to heart by freshman Sebastian Saiz.
“After the Kentucky loss we knew we had to step up. Coach said he needed to get rebounds and be tough, and that’s what we did,” Saiz said.
Saiz had 10 rebounds in Saturday’s 91-88 win against Missouri, one off his season-high of 11 set against Mississippi State on Jan. 25.
Aaron Jones added a game-high 11 rebounds, reaching double figures for the first time since the MSU game.
Marshall on the mark
Henderson’s eight made 3-point shots marked the third time this season he’s made at least eight in a game.
He was 8-for-19 at Tennessee and 10-for-23 at home against Oregon, both losses.
By going 8-for-15 he shot 53.3 percent, his best percentage game in conference play and second-best for the season. He was 7-for-13 at Western Kentucky.
Henderson has shot better than 33.3 percent three times in the eight SEC games in which he’s played.
Ole Miss forced 11 Missouri turnovers but only one of those came in the second half. The Tigers gave it up 10 times, and the Rebels scored 19 points off turnovers in the first half. That’s when Ole Miss led by as many as 18 points and settled in for a 15-point advantage at the break.
“There’s not much basketball left for me to play here, so I’ve got to go ahead and do what I can. I’ve got to finish strong.” – Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson