Wow. Vanderbilt was cruising along up 13 and the clock winding down. The game was setting up to be another disappointing Ole Miss memory at Memorial Gym.
But the Rebels kept fighting, Andy Kennedy kept coaching, trying different personnel groupings. The Martavious Newby move didn’t accomplish much, but Anthony Perez, not usually on the floor with the game on the line, got a big 3-point shot.
The snowball kept rolling. Vanderbilt couldn’t miss from 3 in the first half but missed enough — particularly at the free throw line where it was 10-for-23 on the night — to leave the door open.
Ole Miss charged through then did enough to lose the game. The Rebels overcame that deficit to lead 75-72 on a Nick Williams floater with 1:29 left. Vanderbilt tied the game then took the lead when freshman guard Kevin Bright knocked down the Dores’ 17th 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds left.
Ole Miss threw the ball in-bounds and Henderson hit a deep 3 to tie. He finished with 26 points, the second time in three SEC games that he’s surpassed 25 points. He was also 4-for-11 from 3.
Reggie Buckner had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Murphy Holloway had 12 points and four boards. Vanderbilt guarded his left hand better than Missouri did.
Jarvis Summers was big offensively with 14 points, and Derrick Millinghaus had good minutes behind him again.
The surprise offensive player of the night was LaDarius White. He’s been kind of stagnant this season, but he had nine points, all in the first half, included a 3-pointer. That was big considering how tentative he looked shooting from outside against Missouri. White finished the game 4-for-5 from the floor in 22 minutes.
Ole Miss outscored Vanderbilt 11-1 in the overtime.
Ole Miss is 3-0 in SEC play for the first time since 2006 and is at home Saturday afternoon against Arkansas.
The last time Ole Miss won here was 2001 when the Rebels advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16.
I am about to head to the hotel and will have upload video from the postgame from there.
Vanderbilt is 12-for-20 from 3, and the Commodores are getting good looks, shoulders squared. Poor defensive half for Ole Miss.
Defense was a big part of the Rebels’ success against Missouri, holding the No. 10-ranked Tigers to 49 points.
It isn’t just one guy doing this for Vanderbilt. Four different guys have at least two makes, two with three 3-pointers.
It’s unlikely Vanderbilt will shoot 60 percent from 3 in the second half, but it’s also unlikely Ole Miss will hit 55.6 from the floor again. Winning will require some defense in the second half.
Marshall Henderson leads Ole Miss with 13 points. He’s 2-for-6 from 3. Great offensive half from LaDarius White, 9 points on 4-for-4 shooting, including a 3 after he looked very tentative from outside against Missouri.
Reggie Buckner has eight points.
Tip: 8 p.m., Memorial Gym (14,136)
Radio: Ole Miss network. Satellite: Sirius 123, XM 199
Series: Vanderbilt leads 74-39
Last Year: Vanderbilt 102-76 in Oxford, and Vanderbilt 65-53 in SEC tournament
Coaches – Vanderbilt, Kevin Stallings 390-230, 20 seasons; 267-167 14th season at Vanderbilt. Ole Miss, Andy Kennedy, 159-93, eight seasons, 138-80, seventh season at Ole Miss.
Notes: A win would give Ole Miss its best overall start to a season since going 15-1 in 2008, its best SEC start since going 3-0 in 2006. … Ole Miss F Murphy Holloway leads active SEC players with 33 career double-doubles and leads the SEC this season with eighth. … Holloway has 905 career rebounds, 40 short of the school’s career leader Walter Actwood. … G Marshall Henderson leads the SEC in scoring at 18.6 points a game and ranks third in the nation in made 3-point shots with 3.9 per game. … Andy Kennedy is six wins away from tying B.L. Graham (144) with the most wins in Ole Miss history. … Vanderbilt is replacing all five starters from last year’s 25-win team that defeated Ole Miss in the SEC semis and went on to upset Kentucky for the SEC tournament championship.
Vanderbilt 6-8, 0-2 SEC
Probable starters Pts. Reb.
F Rod Odom 6-9 Jr. 9.4 4.1
C Josh Henderson 6-11 So. 4.1 3.1
G Kedren Johnson 6-4 So. 15.7 2.9*
G Kyle Fuller 6-1 Jr. 11.0 2.7
G Kevin Bright 6-5 Fr. 5.9 6.1
G Sheldon Jeter 6-7 Fr. 4.2 2.8
F Shelby Moats 6-8 So. 3.9 3.5
Ole Miss 13-2, 1-0 SEC
F Murphy Holloway 6-7 Sr. 16.1 10.8
F Reggie Buckner 6-9 Sr. 10.1 7.8
G LaDarius White 6-6 So. 3.7 2.2
G Jarvis Summers 6-3 So. 8.0 3.5*
G Marshall Henderson 6-2 Jr. 18.6 1.7*
G Nick Williams 6-4 Sr. 10.3 2.7
G Derrick Millinghaus 5-10 Fr. 7.3 1.8*
F Aaron Jones 6-9 So. 3.7 3.9
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