Happy birthday, Marshall Henderson! You glorious weirdo. You wonderful, chaotic man. You bright, shining star.
In honor of you completing yet one more orbit of the sun, we’re here to recall the time you dumped 39 points on a No. 13 ranked Oregon club in the Tad Pad — off the bench, no less. Were you in trouble with Andy Kennedy? Maybe it was linked to you having tested positive for cocaine, marijuana and alcohol the previous summer, a parole violation. Probably the more likely explanation is this game took place during that weird phase when AK would bring you off the bench for a quick flurry of points that didn’t always appear. We don’t know.
Anyway, this particular and quintessentially Ole Miss basketball game went to overtime, thanks to a last-second Jarvis Summers three pointer from the right elbow that tied things up at 89 apiece. Oregon finally enforced their will in the extra period to pull out a 115-105 win. The Ducks would go on to lose to No. 12 Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament’s second round, while the Rebs would go on to lose to Georgia in the SEC tournament’s second round. Ole Miss did not make the NIT or Big Dance that year.
Even off the bench, Hendo still saw 36 minutes of game time, and boy howdy did he ever put them to good use. Final line: 39 points on 11-of-27 shooting (nearly 41 percent, not bad), two rebounds, two assists, and four personal fouls. Here are some highlights from the game (shout out to Derrick Millinghaus!):
It’s really too damn bad that Ole Miss couldn’t pull this upset off. But, it’s a perfectly Ole Miss basketball thing that Hendo’s career night should come in a December overtime loss to an out-of-conference opponent at home. His previous best came the season before this one, a 32-point effort against Tennessee up in Knoxville. The Rebs did in fact win that one, 92-74, to improve to 12-2 on the year.
Henderson’s lowest scoring performance came just a week or so before the Oregon game, when he went off for eight points against North Carolina A&T. Ole Miss won that one in Oxford, 84-50, to get out to a 4-0 start for the year.