Despite being outrebounded by ten, the Rebels were able to overcome a three-point halftime deficit to coast by the Chanticleers on Tuesday. Marshall Henderson scored a game-high 27 points and much to the chagrin of the home crowd, was taken out with four minutes left to play. Henderson’s 27 points moved him into a tie for eighth in the country in scoring among players who have played at least two games. He is second in the nation in three-pointers made with 11, one behind VMI’s Brian Brown, despite Brown playing one more game than Henderson.
Henderson scored 11 points in the first six minutes of the game, proving to his coach and his teammates that he is a lethal threat when he has a hot hand. He went cold to end the half, scoring just 2points before the break while having a pair of three-pointers blocked. Henderson was able to get things rolling again in the second half, scoring 14 points and rousing up a student section that was small in size but superfluous of passion. The gun-slinger had an alley-oop to Aaron Jones and a four-point play alongside the Rebel bench that brought the crowd to their feet.
Murphy Holloway added a double-double for the Rebels with 15 points and 12 rebounds, the 27th double-double of his Ole Miss career. Holloway was 6-7 from the field but was just 3-9 from the free throw line. One black eye staple of the Andy Kennedy regime has been poor free throw shooting. The Rebels were 15-25 from the charity stripe, a statistic that will have to improve if they are to hold on late in close games.
Reginald Buckner was not much of a factor in a foul-laden game for the senior. In just 17 minutes, Buckner registered 6 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block, and 1 steal. His presence was felt on the defensive end though as the Chanticleers feared going into the paint and hoisted a couple of awkward shots from close range.
Snoop White followed up his lackluster Friday performance with another poor offensive night, going 0-3 from the field with zero points and assists.The rest of the supporting cast played well as Nick Williams scored 11 points followed by Jones with 10, Jarvis Summers with 9, and Martavious Newby with 6.
Four Chanticleers finished in double-figures with Anthony Raffa leading the team with 18. While the away team showed fight all night and even built a seven point lead in the first half, turnovers killed them. They lost the turnover battle 19-11, a fatal statistic on the road.
Coastal Carolina (1-1) will continue play on Thursday when they travel to Cookeville to take on Tennessee Tech (1-0) at 7:00 CT. The Golden Eagles won their home opener against Crowley’s Ridge by 75 points.
Ole Miss will take on Arkansas-Little Rock (1-0) this Friday at the Tad Smith Coliseum with tipoff at 7:00 CT.