By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
NASHVILLE – For all the bad memories Ole Miss has had at Memorial Gym, Tuesday night was one to savor.
Marshall Henderson’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer from deep beyond the key forced overtime, and Ole Miss completed a comeback from a 13-point deficit to beat Vanderbilt 89-79 at Memorial Gym.
The Rebels had not won here since 2001, the season they advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.
Hoping to get back in the big dance for the first time since 2002, Ole Miss (14-2, 3-0 SEC) is off to a 3-0 start in SEC play for the first time since 2006.
Ole Miss outscored Vanderbilt 11-1 in the overtime period. Freshman guard Kevin Bright got Vandy off on a good foot with a 3-pointer, but Marshall Henderson answered with a 3 of his own, and it was off to the races for Ole Miss.
Henderson had 26 points, but it was Vanderbilt knocking down the 3-point shots. The Commodores were 12 for 20 from the arc in the first half. Just one Vandy bucket in the first 20 minutes was from 2-point range.
When the Rebels extended the defense in the second half, Vanderbilt got in the lane and scored.
But the Commodores (6-9, 0-3) didn’t get to the free throw line and score.
They were just 10 for 23 from the free throw line, and a string of misses down the stretch left the door open for Ole Miss.
The Rebels, in fact, took the lead with 2:11 left in regulation when Jarvis Summers lobbed inside to Reggie Buckner.
Ole Miss extended the lead to 75-72 on a late bucket by Nick Williams, his first of the game.
Vanderbilt fans were feeling pretty good when freshman guard Kevin Bright hit the Commodores’ 17th and final 3-pointer of the game, from the corner an Ole Miss defender charging at him.
There were 3.2 seconds on the clock when Ole Miss threw the ball in-bounds and Henderson shot left his hand with plenty of time to spare, though it was reviewed by game officials to be sure.
The Rebels shot 51.6 percent for the game and outrebounded Vanderbilt 38-35.
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