The Rebels post back-to-back wins at Memorial Gym for the first time.
Ole Miss held Vanderbilt to 29.2 percent shooting in the first half, but the Commodores hit a groove and shot 44.8 percent in the second.
For a time the Dores were over 50 percent in the second half. The Rebels got some key stops at the end.
Neither of the SEC’s top two in 3-point makes — Marshall Henderson and Vandy’s Rod Odom — had big percentage games. Henderson was 3-for-10 from 3, Odom 3-for-9.
But Henderson made the biggest shots at the most important times, his back-to-back 3s helping Ole Miss rebuild a lead in the final minutes. The Rebels had seen a 13-point lead vanish.
Ole Miss shot just 36.2 percent for the game and got to the free throw line just 12 times — that includes the time Vanderbilt was fouling at the end — making 7. Vanderbilt left points on the table at the free throw line too, going just 9-for-17.
Ole Miss was plus-4 on the boards, but here’s the story. Vanderbilt was 3-for-20 from 3. After Odom, the other Commodores were 0-for-11.
Jarvis Summers led Ole Miss with 16 points. He was joined in double figures by Anthony Perez with 13 and LaDarius White and Henderson each with 11.
From a 10-point deficit at South Carolina the Rebels battled quickly back into the game. Can they add to a nine-point halftime advantage just as quickly tonight?
The Rebels had a couple of poor defensive possessions early and allowed Vanderbilt to catch the ball deep into the post.
Even then the Commodores had trouble converting.
Overall it’s been a good defensive half, as Ole Miss has held Vanderbilt to 29.2 percent shooting. That defense has created scoring opportunities, one of them a 3 by Marshall Henderson, and Ole Miss has a 7-0 edge in fastbreak points.The Rebels themselves are shooting just 35.1 percent.
That early 3 by Henderson has been his only one. He missed a deep heave at the end of the first half. It wasn’t far off the mark, and the location of it looked a lot like last year’s shot to force overtime here.
LaDarius White and Anthony Perez each have seven to lead Ole Miss. Jarvis Summers has six.
The Rebels have turned it over just six times compared to Vanderbilt’s 12, and the Rebels are plus-1 on the glass.
Foul trouble was a big problem for Ole Miss at South Carolina. At the half, Demarco Cox and Aaron Jones are the only Rebels with two.
Some way early shootaround video from Memorial Gym. LaDarius White was the first Ole Miss player out. The next was Marshall Henderson.
Check out the friendly conversation between Henderson and Vanderbilt junior forward Shelby Moats.
Tip: 8 p.m.
Radio: Ole Miss Network, Sirius 113, XM 199.
Series: Vanderbilt leads 74-41.
Last Year: Ole Miss won 89-79 in OT at Vanderbilt and 64-52 over the Commodores at the SEC tournament in Nashville.
Coaches: Vanderbilt – Kevin Stallings, 409-246, 21 seasons, 286-153 15 seasons at Vanderbilt; Ole Miss – Andy Kennedy, 185-105, ninth season, 164-92, eighth season at Ole Miss.
Notes: Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson ranks second in the NCAA with 4.43 made 3-pointers per game. … The Rebels’ win at Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym last season ended a six-game losing streak in the building. … Guard Jarvis Summers has increased his scoring by 9.0 points per game, and his 51.6 field goal percentage ranks fifth in the SEC. … VU coach Kevin Stallings is 11-6 against Ole Miss. … Injuries and attrition have left Vanderbilt with a roster comprised of seven scholarship players and two walk-ons. … VU’s Rod Odom is second in the SEC in 3-point shooting (45.7 percent) and in 3-point makes (3.0 per game).
Vanderbilt 9-7, 1-3 SEC
Rod Odom 6-9 Sr. 14.3 5.8
James Siakam 6-7 Jr. 7.1 4.6
Damian Jones 6-10 Jr. 11.4 5.3
Kyle Fuller 6-1 Sr. 10.9 4.0*
Daijon Parker 6-3 Jr. 7.1 3.4*
F Luke Cornet 7-0 Fr. 3.7 2.9
F Shelby Moats 6-8 Jr. 1.1 1.5
* – Assists
Ole Miss 12-5, 3-1 SEC
F Aaron Jones 6-9 Jr. 6.9 7.0
F Anthony Perez 6-9 So. 5.6 2.6
G LaDarius White 6-6 Jr. 7.4 3.2
G Marshall Henderson 6-2 Sr. 19.2 1.8
G Jarvis Summers 6-3 Jr. 18.1 3.6*
G Derrick Millinghaus 5-10 So. 9.9 2.7*
F Sebastian Saiz 6-9 Fr. 5.2 6.2
- - Assists