By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
NASHVILLE – The Ole Miss victory snapped a string of five straight losses at Memorial Gym, and the Rebels improved to 6-47 against Vanderbilt in Nashville.
Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy worked with a number of different personnel groupings in the game, and several of them came up big.
Nick Williams, now coming off the bench to provide more offense, had not scored in the game until he hit a floater in the lane with 1:29 left to give the Rebels a 75-72 lead.
Anthony Perez in the game when it was still on the line was unusual for the freshman. Signed as a 3-pointer shooter, Perez has struggle this season, hitting just three of 17 attempts. His 3-pointer with 6:21 left cut the Vanderbilt lead to six after it had peaked at 13.
Marshall Henderson finished with 26 points and was 4 for 11 from 3-point range, including his 3 from deep behind the key to tie the game at the buzzer and force overtime. He went into the game as the SEC’s leading scorer with 18.6 points a game.
It marked the second time Henderson has surpassed 25 points in three SEC games.
Vanderbilt’s 16 3-point shots were a season-high for the Commodores, surpassing the 12 3-point makes they had against Nicholls State earlier in the year.
Vanderbilt’s 41 points in the first half were more than the Commodores scored in last Saturday’s 56-33 loss at Arkansas. Vanderbilt had been held to 33 points twice this year.
The Rebels will entertain Arkansas on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.