By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Marshall Henderson found the stroke he’d been missing, and Ole Miss got back in the win column in its final game before a holiday road trip to California and Hawaii.
Henderson, shooting just 21.7 percent from 3-point range over the previous four games, scored 22 points to lead four Ole Miss players in double figures and the Rebels (7-1) knocked off East Tennessee 77-55 at Tad Smith Coliseum on Friday evening.
The Bucs (2-6), coached by Murray Bartow, for whom Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy served as an assistant at UAB, held the lead much of the first half of a game played before 3,411 fans.
East Tennessee’s roster is thin due to injuries and off-court issues.
Ole Miss plays Wednesday at Loyola-Marymount before continuing on to Hawaii for a field that includes ranked opponents Arizona and San Diego State.
Henderson finished 7 for 15 from the floor, 6 for 13 from 3-point range.
He matched season-highs for 3-point attempts and makes but said he was no more cautious even though he’d been slumping. His shot selection was questioned by Kennedy following last Saturday’s 65-62 loss at Middle Tennessee State.
“The ball went in this time. I don’t really have an explanation of how it changes from game to game,”
Henderson said. “Coach (Bill)Armstrong, we work every day extra, about 30 or 40 minutes, going through every possible down screen, plays where I come off and catch and shoot. Sometimes they go in, and sometimes they don’t.”
Bartow compared Henderson to Kennedy in his playing days at UAB.
The Rebels again committed 18 turnovers, but half of those were in the first 12 minutes of the game.
“Weak with the ball. That’s what I attribute it to, just being weak with the ball, not valuing the ball,” Kennedy said. “Sometimes we go too fast, sometimes we go too slow. Our execution, sometimes we zig when we should zag.”
There were 10 lead changes in the first half before the Rebels pulled away with a 15-1 run highlighted by back-to-back 3-pointers from Jarvis Summers and Martavious Newby.
Ole Miss held the Bucs to 26.7 percent shooting in the first half, 32.7 percent for the game.