OXFORD, Miss. - Junior Marshall Henderson scored a game-high 27 points and Ole Miss outscored Coastal Carolina 54-33 in the second half as the Rebels downed the Chanticleers 90-72 on Tuesday night.
The Hurst, Texas guard posted his second straight 20-plus point game to begin his Rebel career, hitting 6 of 13 from beyond the three-point arc. Henderson has averaged 24.5 points per game in his first two games.
"The way that he approaches the game is fairly constant," said Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy. "Every day when I go to practice, if I go out there, I see him there 20 minutes early. It's no secret that he's earned the right to be a good shooter. Our guys now understand that he is a weapon."
Senior Murphy Holloway added 15 points and 12 rebounds for his second straight double-double, and the 27th of his career, tying him for seventh all-time with Fred Cox in school history. Holloway's 12 rebounds also moved him into a tie for seventh all-time in school history with Rebel great Justin Reed at 766 career boards.
The Rebels shot 50.8 percent from the field, 56.3 percent in the second half, led by Jarvis Summers and Aaron Jones, who shot a combined 7 for 8 from the field in the second half. Jones had 10 points and four rebounds, while senior guard Nick Williams added 11 points.
The Rebels trailed 36-39 at halftime, but came out shooting led by Henderson's 14 second-half points, to coast to the 18-point victory. The Rebel defense stepped up as well, holding Coastal Carolina to 35.5% shooting from the field in the second half.
"I didn't like our approach at all in the first half," said Kennedy. "We were flat. We weren't as engaged early, but then we had a little spurt and got control. We had a talk about some things at the half and our upperclassmen stepped up in the second half. We pushed it back and got control back of things fairly early."
The Chanticleers were led by Anthony Raffa's 20 points and Michel Enanga's 10 points and 12 rebounds.
"I have a lot of respect for Cliff Ellis," said Kennedy. "I knew that he was going to tell his guys that if you come into an SEC program and you don't rebound, you're going to get blown out of the building. That's what they did. I saw an intensity and pursuit of the ball."
The Rebels will host Arkansas-Little Rock this Friday at the Tad Smith Coliseum with tip-off set for 7 p.m. CT.
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewSept. 8-14, 2014Volleyball- Ole Miss captured the Magnolia Invitational this past weekend to improve to 10-0, its best start in school history.- The Rebels downed UAB and Mercer 3-0 and then defeated Jacksonville State 3-1... read more
After a 56-15 win over Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday, Ole Miss moved up four spots to No. 10 in the latest Associated Press poll, released on Sunday. Despite breaking into the top 10, the Rebels remain fifth among Southeastern Conference Western Division... read more
This is the third installment of Observations from the Best Seat in the House. The idea of this weekly feature will be to bring you all some of our observations from the previous week in Ole Miss Sports. This week... read more
Leading 1-0 after controlling the play for much of the game, Ole Miss opened up a 3-0 lead on Middle Tennessee with a pair of goals in the final minute of the first half on the way to a 4-0... read more
Senior cornerback Senquez Golson has come a long way since he was a freshman. That season, he was most notably on the receiving end of a highlight reel juke from Alabama running back Trent Richardson. Three years later, as part... read more
Three areas to watch as Ole Miss faces Louisiana-Lafayette in its home opener Saturday. Wearing the Bull's-Eye After a 2-0 start with wins over Boise State and Vanderbilt, Ole Miss moved up to No. 14 in the Associated Press poll,... read more
With a chance to make history, Ole Miss dropped a first set for the first time this season. The Rebels answered the bell winning the next three sets to defeat Jacksonville State 3-1 and improve to 10-0 on the season,... read more
Rebel Nation goes into its home opener Saturday excited for the return of football at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, but also saddened by the loss of one of its most renowned voices.Stan Sandroni, 64, passed away of a heart attack late Wednesday.... read more
Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze's time on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of the Rebels' home opener Saturday against Louisiana-Lafayette. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. from Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and will be televised on the SEC Network.Freeze's time... read more
Former Ole Miss football player Jody Hill has partnered with Square Books in Oxford to launch his book, "38: The Chucky Mullins Effect," celebrating the life and impact of his Ole Miss teammate Chucky Mullins. Hill will be signing copies... read more
From week one to week two, head coach Hugh Freeze and offensive line coach Matt Luke are generally pleased with the progress along the offensive line. The number of false start penalties went from eight to two, while the... read more
With back-to-back tournament titles to open the season, the Rebels are 7-0 to start the season for the first time since 2007 and are also the only Southeastern Conference team still undefeated."We feel like at this point in our season... read more