Late bloomer: Henderson comes up big down the stretch

Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson was held to 11 points but made two big 3-pointers late in the game. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson was held to 11 points but made two big 3-pointers late in the game. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

By Parrish Alford

Daily Journal

NASHVILLE – It took Marshal Henderson a while to show up, but ultimately his return to Memorial Gym was triumphant.

After forcing overtime with a dramatic 3-pointer here a year ago, Henderson was held to 3-for-10 shooting behind the arc, but he hit back-to-back 3-pointers with less than 5 minutes to play to help Ole Miss extend its lead to nine.

The Rebels (13-5, 4-1) had seen a 13-point lead vanish but were able to hold off Vanderbilt (9-8, 1-4) and win 63-52 Wednesday night to give Ole Miss back-to-back wins in Memorial Gym for the first time in the series.

Henderson finished with 11 points.

He was joined in double figures by Jarvis Summers with 16, Anthony Perez with 13 and LaDarius White with 11.

Playing with seven scholarship players and two walk-ons, Vanderbilt rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to lead with 6:10 left when Kyle Fuller drove and dished to James Siakam to make it 46-45.

The Rebels, though, scored 10 straight, two of them 3-pointers from Henderson.

The Rebels held Vanderbilt to 29.2 percent shooting in the first half. They were up 29-20 at the break and built a 13-point lead with 17:38 to play when all Commodores passed on guarding Summers who had wide-open floor before him on an easy trip to the rim.

After the Rebels failed to score on a lengthy possession that included three Vanderbilt fouls and an out-of-bounds call the Rebels’ way, the Commodores got two quick buckets to make it 33-26.

They continued to pour it on, and a crowd that had been somewhat lethargic became energized.

Vanderbilt fans had taunted Henderson before his two big 3-point shots.

Read more about the game at insideolemisssports.com.

parrish.alford@journalinc.com