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November 5, 2012

Henderson scores 19 in Rebels' exhibition win


Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson talks to the media following Monday's exhibition win over Montevallo.

OXFORD, Miss. -- Marshall Henderson knocked down his first 3-pointer Monday night.

The fans at Tad Smith Coliseum cheered. Andy Kennedy didn't.

"I was like, 'Oh, no, here we go,'" Kennedy said, smiling. "Because I knew he was going to get really antsy. He did. He settled in."

Henderson scored a game-high 19 points for Ole Miss Monday, leading the Rebels to a 77-62 exhibition win over Montevallo. Henderson, who began his college career at Utah before transferring to South Plains (Texas) College, added five rebounds and five assists.

"He's got great energy," Kennedy said. "He really likes to play. He's got an infectious personality, and tonight, honestly, is as poorly as I've seen him shoot it since he's been on our campus and he still goes 6-for-15 (from the floor) and 5-for-12 (from the 3-point line). He was really, really anxious. You could tell."

Senior forward Murphy Holloway added 12 points and six rebounds for the Rebels. Ole Miss shot 51.9 percent from the floor. The Rebels committed 15 turnovers and finished tied with the Falcons on the boards at 41-41.

"I felt like we played a good team for an exhibition game," Holloway said, "a team that ran a lot of stuff, face-up forwards who could shoot it, a good guard and a big man who was fairly decent and a team that could rebound. I don't feel like we played as good tonight as I wanted us to play, but I feel like we're ready. We needed this game."

Henderson made 4-of-5 shots from the 3-point line in the second half, including three in a row.

"He can go on streaks," Holloway said. "He does it in practice. He can shoot it all day. I don't care.

"You've had Chris Warren here, but it's different. Chris Warren had the ball and could shoot it, but you have to know where Marshall is. It's kind of like you're playing four-on-four; you can't leave him."

Reginald Buckner, who came off the bench Monday, had nine points and eight rebounds. Aaron Jones earned the start but was limited to three points and three rebounds in 13 foul-plagued minutes. Nick Williams finished with eight points.

Forward Marvin Fitzgerald led Montevallo with 12 points.

Ole Miss opens the regular season Friday night against Mississippi Valley.

TIP-INS: Demarco Cox, Jason Carter and Derrick Millinghaus did not play Monday. Cox is seven weeks removed from foot surgery. He's one week away from returning to on-floor activities. Carter is serving a suspension for violation of team rules and will not play in Friday's opener. Millinghaus has an academic issue that was "a bit of a hindrance tonight," Kennedy said. Millinghaus is expected to play Friday.


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