Henderson to suit up at home for final time

HENDERSON

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By Parrish Alford

Daily Journal

OXFORD – Andy Kennedy says Marshall Henderson could one day be remembered as an SEC legend.

Right now, both the Ole Miss coach and his flamboyant guard would settle for one more game of big shots and a Rebels win at Tad Smith Coliseum.

Henderson’s last home game tips at 12:30 p.m. today against Vanderbilt (15-14, 7-10 SEC). The Commodores have lost six of their last eight.

The Rebels (17-13, 8-9 SEC) have lost six of their last seven, a season that once held NCAA aspirations now floating adrift amid any untimely combination of missed shots, missed rebounds and turnovers.

“He’s frustrated with his own play and frustrated by our team’s inability to take the next step,” Kennedy said.

Henderson is shooting 35.9 percent from 3-point range, slightly better than the 35 percent he shot last season when he led the SEC in scoring (20.1 ppg) and helped the Rebels to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2002.

As Ole Miss has stumbled to the finish Henderson has hit only 20 of his last 64 3-point attempts (31.2 percent).

As a junior, he set an SEC record with 138 3-pointers and an NCAA record with 394 attempts.

Earlier this season, he set the SEC record for consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer, a streak that now stands at 63.

Henderson’s two-year career has also been marked by his behavior, a suspension and reports of multiple failed drug tests.

Henderson declined interview requests on Friday.

“At the end of the day you are what the numbers say you are. When you look at his numbers they’re pretty mind-boggling,” Kennedy said. “As long as he can keep this thing in the road the next few weeks that one day at the SEC tournament he’ll be remembered as an SEC legend.”

parrish.alford@journalin.com