FINAL: Ole Miss 91, Lipscomb 45

The Rebels scored 48 in the second half.

Lipscomb clearly could not contend with Murphy Holloway (23 points, 8 rebounds) and Reggie Buckner (10 points, 7 rebounds, 5 blocks, 3 steals).

Those two had an athleticism edge and enjoyed big games. In the near future, like next Saturday against Rutgers, it will be more important for Marshall Henderson to regain his stroke.

For now, Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy isn’t too bothered by back-to-back poor shooting games for Henderson, who was 2-for-10 from 3 against McNeese on Tuesday and 2-for-12 from 3 tonight against Lipscomb.

Here’s Kennedy’s postgame.

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It hasn’t been that long ago that Chris Warren would put up some ugly shooting nights then turn things around quickly. There’s a shorter sample size to judge Henderson, but I think we’ll see the same thing.

Some other notes.

As mentioned in the halftime update, there’s a lot of emphasis on trying to get Anthony Perez to come around, and it’s not happening so far. Perez isn’t uncomfortable shooting, but he’s having trouble getting it to go down. He was 2-for-8 from the floor, and his two makes came late in the game when things were well out of hand. He was 0-for-4 from 3-point range. It would give the Rebels a real lift if he could hit a few and emerge as a second legitimate 3-point threat.

Tonight Nick Williams (3-for-5 from 3, 14 points) looked like that threat.

Kennedy wanted to see more intensity from his team and he got that as the Rebels collected 20 steals and forced 26 turnovers.

Kennedy says he believes freshman Martavious Newby can be a “weapon.” I think he’s right, but that won’t be as a big scorer. Newby continues to change games with his hustle. Tonight he had six steals to go along with seven points — all from the free throw line as he was 0-for-5 from the floor and 0-for-3 from 3-point range.

Martavious Newby

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Marshall Henderson is indeed the streaky shooter. Hit his first 3, missed his next four. Undaunted, he shoots, and that’s what he should do. He’s got eight points.

The Rebels are the far superior inside team as to be expected. Hard for Lipscomb to get off anything close to the basket.

Getting off to a fast and focused start must have been a talking point for Andy Kennedy, and the Rebels responded, leading by as much as 25 in the first half at 41-16.

Reggie Buckner is playing hard with eight points and six rebounds. Murphy Holloway has 12 points and six boards. Nick Williams has nine points on 3-for-5 shooting including 3-for-4 from the arc.

Lots of hands in the passing lanes. The Rebels have forced 12 turnovers and have cut down on their own, giving it up six times in the half.

Word on the street is the MCL injury to freshman guard Derrick Millinghaus isn’t as bad as it could have been and that Milinghaus could be back for the the West Coast/Hawaii trip.

Kennedy is giving freshman Anthony Perez a lot of opportunities to play his way into a bigger role, but so far Perez isn’t responding. In 4 minutes he’s 0-for-3 from the floor, missing a layup and two 3-pointers.

Doesn’t look like this will be Jason Carter’s night either. Still in sweats as his teammates go through warm-ups.

Lipscomb is 2-1 with wins over Maryville and Gardner-Webb. I don’t know exactly what that means, but I suspect it doesn’t strike fear into the Rebels’ hearts.

The loss came against Belmont, a frequent NCAA tournament team, by 29 points, 89-60.

Here’s a little shootaround video.

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I’ll have updates on Twitter. I’ll be back here at halftime and after the game.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to Kory Keys and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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