By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Two truths of Ole Miss basketball revealed Tuesday night: Marshall Henderson can have an off night, and the Rebels have to have Murphy Holloway.
After playing only six minutes in the first half with foul trouble, Holloway finished with 15 points and nine rebounds to lead Ole Miss to a 76-50 win over McNeese State before a Tad Smith Coliseum crowd of 3,511.
Prior to the game it was learned the Rebels (4-0) would be without freshman point guard Derrick Millinghaus, who scored 19 last Friday against Arkansas-Little Rock and is expected to play key minutes this season.
He is expected to be out for at least four weeks.
Henderson, the sharp-shooting junior college transfer, was hitting 47.1 percent from 3-point range and averaging 22 points through three games.
Against McNeese, he was 2 for 10 from the arc and scored nine points with two assists and four turnovers in 27 minutes.
The Rebels had scored at least 90 points in their first three games. It’s not always easy to get up for the November buy-out games, Holloway said.
“I got an (early) offensive rebound in the second half, and that always gets me going,” he said. “It’s real hard to get up, but I ain’t got too many of these games left. I try to self-motivate. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t.”
With Holloway out and Henderson out of it the Rebels appeared sluggish in the first half, turning the ball over seven times and allowed McNeese – a 39.5 percent shooting team on the season – to shoot 44.8 percent.
With Holloway back, McNeese shot just 23.3 percent in the second half.
The Cowboys (1-3) cut 10 points off a 14-point lead before the Rebels built a 39-30 edge at the break.
Holloway started the second half and played a key role as Ole Miss started with a 17-4 run.
The Ole Miss lead peaked at 26 with 1 minutes, 34 seconds left to play.
Reggie Buckner had 13 points and Nick Williams 10 for Ole Miss, which shot just 3 for 14 from 3-point range with Henderson struggling.
Ole Miss is home Friday at 4 p.m. against Lipscomb.