By Parrish Alford
OXFORD – Ole Miss would likely have survived without Marshall Henderson on Friday night, but his first home game was appreciated by Rebels fans nonetheless.
Henderson entered the Rebels’ 111-82 win over Mississippi Valley State to loud cheers from a Tad Smith Coliseum crowd of 6,267 with 17 minutes, 11 seconds left in the first half.
He had a hand in the Rebels’ most points since 1998, when they scored 111 against Prairie View.
One of six players in double figures, Henderson missed his first three shots but finished 2-for-4 from 3-point range in the half, and helped Ole Miss (3-0) to a 54-32 win at the break.
He went on to score 15 points. He was 4-for-8 from the arc and had four assists.
Derrick Millinghaus scored 21 points, and Demarco Cox had a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy had Millinghaus at the point with Henderson and Jarvis Summers as the shooting guards for part of the game.
Henderson was suspended for the season opener against Troy and will miss the first two SEC games. He made his season debut with 19 points last Saturday at Coastal Carolina.
At times he appeared more interested in passing than shooting.
“He made a conscious effort of finding guys on the roll,” Kennedy said. “We talked last year about how if he would set the shot up by finding the open player – by how defenses are overplaying him – I think things will open up for him. That was true to the cause today.”
Ole Miss shook off early shooting woes to shoot 50 percent form the floor including 5-for-10 from 3-point range in building the big halftime lead.
(W) Ole Miss 96, Southeastern Louisiana 69: The Rebels led by eight at the break and opened the second half with a 12-0 run.
Valencia McFarland had 20 points on 8-for-17 shooting, and Tia Faleru had a double-double with 18 points as 12 rebounds as Ole Miss broke a three-game losing streak with a season-high for points.
The Rebels held Southeastern to 33.3 percent shooting, 29 percent in the first half.