Marshall Henderson was having an awful shooting night. He was just 2-of-12 from the field with a meager five points. Ole Miss had let a 13-point lead over Vanderbilt slip away during the second half, and was clinging to a 49-46 advantage with just under five minutes remaining.
Then, predictably, the shots started falling. Henderson knocked down back-to-back 3s in less sixty seconds, and suddenly the Rebels were back up by nine with 3:57 left to play. The defense would tighten down the stretch and Ole Miss improved to 4-1 in the SEC with a 63-52 win.
The Vanderbilt student section, still butthurt over Marshall's last visit to Memorial Gymnasium, rode him hard all night but couldn't get under his skin. Even in the midst of perhaps his worst performance of the season, he could be seen smiling and clowning in the direction of the student body during every break. I like to think his last-second heave at the end of the first half -- a near-mirror image of the the 35-footer he nailed to send last season's regular-season matchup to overtime -- was an intentional troll.
He still finished with an unimpressive 4-of-15 shooting mark for 11 points. His final 3 of the game put him into the career 1,000 points club.
Ole Miss went into halftime with a nine-point lead, but came out of the intermission flat. Vanderbilt rallied, eventually overtaking Andy Kennedy's squad at 46-45 with six minutes left.
With Henderson struggling, Jarvis Summers stepped up to lead the Rebs with 16 points, hitting several key midrange shots to keep his team afloat during Vanderbilt's second-half surge. While Marshall continues to lead the team in ESPN attention and points per game, Summers has quietly become the Rebels' MVP so far this season.
The underrated troll of the night came from Snoop White, who gave the shush signal to the Vandy crowd after draining a trey midway through the second half. It's well known that shushing is one of the most disrespectful and dehumanizing things a person can possibly do.
Demarco Cox's output continues to shrink -- straddled by foul trouble, the big center was on the floor for just 10 minutes. Cox's performance and stamina are increasingly becoming an issue.
The Rebs are back in action against State on Saturday, when they'll seek revenge for an ugly road loss earlier this season.