Big Picture: La.-Monroe has some decent players and played with energy tonight just as they did at LSU and Kansas where they were also competitive.
Ole Miss played with more intensity in the second half, and Marshall Henderson’s scoring burst gave the Rebels enough cushion to cruise to the finish.
Ole Miss (8-2) led by 20 points with roughly 12 minutes left. Alma Mater U never got closer than 13 the rest of the way.
Turning Point: It was only a five-point advantage for the Rebels, 39-34, when Henderson hit 3-balls on three straight trips. The Warhawks (We used to be the Indians) never recovered.
Who’s Your Daddy? Henderson was 6-for-13 from 3, 0-for-3 from 2. His 3-point success came against a team that was allowing opponents to shoot just 22.7 percent behind the arc coming in.
LaDarius White had a nice stat line tonight: 13 points on 4-for-8 shooting, seven rebounds, seven assists, one turnover and three steals.
Of Interest: Jarvis Summers had a quiet night with eight points on 3-for-9 shooting … The Rebels were minus-12 on the glass. They just don’t look strong in the post right now. La.-Monroe had 45 rebounds, 20 of them on the offensive end. … Derrick Millinghaus didn’t play until the 16:12 mark of the second half for what Kennedy termed a “discipline step.” … Henderson had been cleared to speak in the postgame but left the building quickly, we were told. The CSS reporter and photog looked quite perplexed by this.
Next Up: The Rebels are at home Sunday at 3 against Mercer.