By Parrish Alford
OXFORD – Marshall Henderson’s first game back was a big success.
Suspended for the first two SEC games, Henderson went 6-for-12 from 3-point range and scored 25 points as Ole Miss defeated LSU 88-74 in overtime at Tad Smith Coliseum on Wednesday night.
Ole Miss outscored LSU 19-5 in the extra period, the big blow being Henderson’s 3-pointer after freshman Sebastian Saiz missed a free throw.
The ball was tipped and found its way to Henderson who drained it from the left wing.
The Rebels (11-5, 2-1 SEC) got a five-point trip out of the possession – and when the dust settled, a 76-69 lead – as LSU called time with 2 minutes, 47 seconds to play.
Much talk focused on the Tigers’ talented frontcourt duo leading into the game, but the Rebels’ zone defense limited the contributions of Cleveland native Johnny O’Bryant III who was held to six points on 1-for-5 shooting before fouling out with 2:24 left in the overtime.
It was another Mississippian, Jackson native Andre Stringer, who did the most damage for LSU.
Ole Miss led by three at the half, but Stringer had knocked down three 3-pointers before three of the final 20 minutes were gone.
Ole Miss got 20 points from Jarvis Summers, who was 10-for-10 from the free throw line, and 20 points and nine rebounds from Saiz.
Rebels coach Andy Kennedy started sophomore Anthony Perez in place of junior Demarco Cox, but it was Saiz who did the heavy lifting as the Rebels overcame an early nine-point deficit in the first half
Showing strong and physical play, Saiz was 6-for-7 from the floor in the first half for 12 points.
Ole Miss hit only one of its first 12 field goals to start the game but went on the make nine of its next 16.
LSU (10-5, 1-2) had the last shot of the first half and converted to make it 35-32 Ole Miss at the break.
Read more about the game online at InsideOleMissSports.com.