By Parrish Alford/ NEMS Daily Journal
BATON ROUGE, La. – Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy was looking for a little home-state lift from Terrance Henry, and Henry came through.
Noticing the effort and production from center Murphy Holloway in the Rebels’ 66-57 win over South Carolina, Kennedy inserted the sophomore Henry into the starting lineup.
Henry scored a career-high 14 points, 12 in the first half when scoring was coming from neither Chris Warren nor Terrico White, the Rebels’ top guns.
“I felt good. I was back home, seeing a few people, and I tried to come out and play aggressive. I played hard,” Henry said.
Henry was 4-for-5 from the floor, 3-for-3 from 3-point range in the first 20 minutes.
His biggest shot was 3-pointer from the key with 2.2 seconds left to give Ole Miss a 38-32 lead at the break.
“No, that wasn’t how it was drawn up. EP (Eniel Polynice) was just in trouble, and he was trying to find someone,” Henry said.
Henry, who has been solid of late as a reserve in the post, finished with 14 points, two assists and a blocked shot.
Strong on the boards again
Ole Miss has outrebounded an SEC opponent for the second time, getting 32 boards to 30 for LSU.
The Tigers entered the game with a plus-3.7 rebounding margin but were minus-2.2 in SEC games. Ole Miss was minus-4.5 in SEC games.
Freshman Reginald Buckner led the Rebels with nine rebounds. He had eight points on 4-for-4 shooting.
“I think Buckner had his best minutes in a legitimate game, nine hard rebounds and finished at the rim a few times,” Kennedy said.
Injuries to keep an eye on
In addition to a thigh bruise for point guard Chris Warren that has now come to light, center Murphy Holloway sustained a jammed wrist on a fall early in Saturday’s game.
Holloway came back to play but after a breakout performance against South Carolina – a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds – had just two points on one field goal attempt and two rebounds.
He was also got caught up in foul trouble with four. He played 19 minutes.
“We don’t know the extent of the wrist, but he was able to play, so it can’t be anything long-term,” Kennedy said. “He jammed it, and he was having some feeling issues.”
Warren sustained a thigh bruise at Tennessee, Kennedy said, but played through it against South Carolina when he had 17 points, going 5-for-11 from the floor, 3-for-4 from 3-point range.
“They’re doubling him. Obviously he put he ball on the floor when he moved into the middle of the zone to try to get him into space and he’s got three guys surrounding him and he kicked it out. Guys are going to have to step up and hit a jump shot or two. For us to stay in games we’re in a juggling match here. What’s the best combination at the offensive end as opposed to what’s the best combination at the defensive end? – LSU coach Trent Johnson on the focus attracted by his best player, Tasmin Mitchell