Three takeaways from Ole Miss' 88-74 overtime win over LSU on Wednesday night:
1. Rebels Finish The Drill
Ole Miss had lost its previous two overtime games and each of its three other losses were by four points or less, but Wednesday night against LSU, the Rebels made the plays down the stretch to force overtime and then outscored the Tigers 19-5 in overtime.
"It was an overall pretty solid performance out of our guys, and it sets a new standard," head coach Andy Kennedy said. "This is what we're capable of, if we take the right approach, so now it's my job to make I hold them to that standard."
"All of the games have been so close," Marshall Henderson said. It's unbelievable. Every single one of our losses, we could have won, a play here or a play there. It's so frustrating, but we know that we're right there. Anything can happen still; there are 15 SEC games left. We're hoping this is one that we can string it together."
LaDarius White hit a three-pointer with 2:16 left to cut LSU's lead to 67-65. And then in the final minute of regulation, Jarvis Summers hit a jumper in the lane to tie the game at 69-69. On the other end, senior guard Marshall Henderson forced a missed shot by Anthony Hickey in the closing seconds, and White grabbed the defensive rebound to force overtime.
In overtime, the Rebels scored the first 11 points, including a five-point swing to extend the lead to 76-69 with an offensive rebound and put-back by Sebastian Saiz, who was fouled, followed by a 3-pointer by Henderson off the missed free throw.
"We made shots," Kennedy said of overtime. "We were always in attack mode. When you go 5-for-6, you got to like your chances. We did a good job defensively coming up with some loose balls at the end."
2. Henderson Makes Splash In Return
Marshall Henderson returned to action after missing the first two Southeastern Conference games against Auburn and Mississippi State.
After just six first-half points, he scored 19 points in the second half and overtime to finish with a game-high 25 points, to go along with a career-high seven assists. He was 7-of-16 from the field, including 6-of-12 from 3-point range, and 5-of-5 from the free throw line.
A couple of those made shots by Henderson, Kennedy described simply as "Marshall shots," later adding that he's the one guy on the team who can take high-risk shots.
"Do you know what's sick? Is I expect them to go in, and that's sick," Kennedy said. "Of course, I'm the one who lets him shoot them all, so if I don't expect them to go in. I'm crazier than I look. We expect them to go in. Everyone expects them to go in."
Henderson also played with more noticeable emotion, particularly in the second half and overtime, as he made some of those "Marshall shots" and other key plays down the stretch for the Rebels.
"I was there sitting there and I was thinking about it, watching those games, and I was like, 'I can't do this anymore. I can't just be calm. It's hurting me,' which is weird," Henderson said. "I can't do it anymore. I'm sorry; I'm going back to me because we need it."
3. Saiz Breaks Out With Career-High Points
Henderson led all scorers with 25 points, but Kennedy said Sebastian Saiz was the difference in the game. The freshman from Madrid, Spain, scored a career-high 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting, to go along with nine rebounds, which was one rebound shy of his first career double-double.
"It felt great," Saiz said. "I was thinking before the game that I haven't showed up the whole year, and I was thinking, 'When I was going to do it.' It's time. SEC play is here."
"He was making moves tonight that I haven't seen him make those moves," Henderson said. "He was spinning and slamming on people. I know that it's going to be good for his confidence, and confidence really for everyone in him. Maybe he's about to get on a roll."
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