NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Marshall Henderson scored a game-high 26 points, including a buzzer beater 3-pointer that sent the game to overtime, as Ole Miss down Vanderbilt 89-79 on Tuesday night.
The Rebels (14-2, 3-0) extended the Southeastern Conference's longest winning streak by winning in Memorial Gym for the first time since 2001, and they had to do it by rallying from 13 points with 8:39 left.
Kevin Bright hit the Commodores' 17th 3, giving Vandy a 78-75 lead with 3.2 seconds left in regulation. Henderson flung the ball at the basket from about 35 feet away, and he ran around the court celebrating. Williams hit his jumper with 4:34 left in overtime, and the Rebels outscored Vanderbilt 11-1 in overtime to snap the Commodores' five-game winning streak in this series.
Vanderbilt (6-9, 0-3) set a Memorial Gym record hitting 17 3-pointers but couldn't overcome poor free throw shooting (10 of 23).
Henderson finished with a game-high 26 points for the Rebels who are 3-0 in league play for the first time since 2005-06 and now have their best start since opening the 2007-08 season 15-1. Jarvis Summers added 14 points, and Reginald Buckner posted a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
The Rebels improved to 6-47 against Vandy in Nashville by finishing the game on a 35-12 run including overtime.
Vanderbilt had its chances to close out the game in regulation, but the Commodores lost their third straight and fifth in six games by missing five straight free throws when they had a chance to protect the lead.
They managed only three 3-pointers in the final 5 minutes of regulation, topping the 16 3-pointers Vanderbilt had against South Carolina in 1994 and against Arkansas in 1994. They just missed the team record of 18 made 3s set Jan. 18, 2005, at Tennessee. Six different Commodores hit at least a 3-pointer apiece.
Kedren Johnson led Vandy with 19 points, including 5 of 11 beyond the arc. Dai-Jon Parker, in his first career start, added 16, Sheldon Jeter had 13 and Bright finished with 12.
With the Commodores shooting away from outside, the Rebels dominated inside the paint outscoring Vandy 44-16 down low. They needed every bit.
Ole Miss came in fourth in the SEC and 34th nationally holding opponents to 38.2 percent shooting and 10th in holding them to 26 percent from 3-point range. The Rebels just couldn't stop Vanderbilt no matter how far out the Commodores shot.
The teams finished with 11 lead changes and five ties. Vanderbilt had its biggest lead at 67-54 on a layup by Josh Henderson before going cold. But at least Vandy managed more than the 11 points scored in the first half of its loss at Arkansas.
The Commodores, 16th nationally for scoring 36.8 percent of their points off 3s, just couldn't seem to miss from beyond the arc against Ole Miss. They matched their season high making 12 of 20 3-pointers with 1:22 left in the first half on a bucket by Bright for 60 percent accuracy.
Ole Miss' historic win over Alabama last Saturday was not only popular with members of Rebel Nation, it was among the most-watched college football games of the year.The Rebels' thrilling 43-37 victory over the Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium was the... read more
By Steven Oubre, Ole Miss Athletics Media RelationsThe road to the College Football Playoff includes many tests along the way. The Ole Miss Rebels (3-0, 1-0 SEC) just passed their first, proving that they are a legitimate contender after knocking... read more
Offense, defense and special teams. Ole Miss dominated all three aspects of the game as the 15th-ranked Rebels routed UT Martin 76-3 in the season opener. The 60,186 fans, mostly dressed in white, anticipated an exciting start to the 2015... read more
It's finally here...game week! It's been 242 days since the Ole Miss Rebels last took to the gridiron for a clash of the helmets. After a successful 2014 campaign in which Ole Miss knocked off a No. 1-ranked team... read more
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE ATLANTA - On Saturday, fans can tune in to see the Rebels duo of Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze and former Ole Miss basketball player Sean Tuohy compete in the Chick-fil-A... read more
Only 50 days until The Grove is full, the constant shouts of "Hotty Toddy" are in the air, and football kicks off 100 years in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium! Looking forward to this upcoming college football season, seven Rebels were named to... read more
As we near the 2015 college football season, national organizations have started to release watch lists for their respective awards. Through the first week of watch lists being released, multiple Rebels have been announced as players that fans need to... read more
Along with head coach Hugh Freeze, three Rebels will represent Ole Miss at the annual SEC Football Media Days next week. Junior Evan Engram, just named to the John Mackey Award Watch List for college football's most outstanding tight end,... read more
Five Ole Miss Rebels were chosen as preseason All-SEC selections by some of the people who work closest with the student-athletes, the football media relations directors. The 14 football media relations directors of the Southeastern Conference institutions voted in the... read more
The preseason accolades just don't stop for the Ole Miss football team. Everywhere you look, Rebels can be found on preseason All-America teams. Lindy's Sports recognized seven Rebels for preseason honors, including four All-Americans. Four Ole Miss Football Rebels were... read more
With the season just 74 days away, members of the 2015 Ole Miss football team continue to earn recognition on Preseason All-America lists. Athlon Sports, the latest media outlet to release its 2015 college football preseason All-America team, gave five... read more
Preseason All-America football teams continue to roll in, and Ole Miss has been well represented each time.Today, the Sporting News unveiled its preseason All-America first and second teams, which includes a total of four Rebels.OT Laremy Tunsil and DT Robert... read more
Individual preseason accolades continue to pile up for the Ole Miss football team as college football magazines look toward the 2015 season. Athlon Sports is the latest magazine to release its preseason all-conference teams, June 10; the magazine named nine... read more
The start of summer heat and vacations is also the start of another tradition - preseason college football magazines.One of the first to produce a magazine every year is Phil Steele, whose 2015 version includes about as many Ole Miss... read more