Marshall Henderson talks the talk, walks the walk as Ole Miss sweeps UT, 62-56

Loss spoils Jordan McRae's career-high tying 26 points

Mississippi forward Aaron Jones (34) and Tennessee guard Derek Reese (3) fight for a rebound during the first half of their NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Oxford, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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Mississippi forward Aaron Jones (34) and Tennessee guard Derek Reese (3) fight for a rebound during the first half of their NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Oxford, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

OXFORD, Miss. — Tennessee's Jordan McRae was reminded in the pregame tunnel Thursday night that Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson scored 32 points the last time the two men's basketball teams met.

Who reminded him?

Well Marshall Henderson, of course.

Twenty minutes into the teams' second meeting in 15 days, Henderson, with four lone points, looked like he should have kept his mouth shut.

Then came the next 20 minutes.

Henderson, tossing in 3-pointers from as far away as Tupelo, poured in 26 second-half points to go from pathetic to prophetic.

The display earned No. 23 Ole Miss a 62-56 victory in front of a capacity home crowd at Tad Smith Coliseum.

"It was a good environment — an environment that you like playing in," said McRae, who tied his career high with 26 points, but committed nine of the Vols' 21 turnovers. "I think, for 36 minutes, we welcomed that environment and played good."

Those next four minutes were the problem. Tennessee let its potential first road win of the season swirl down the drain. Battling the resilient Rebel attack and 8,876 fans, UT came undone in the closing moments.

Trailing 58-56, four missed free throws by McRae and Armani Moore sandwiched a UT turnover. On a final possession facing a three-point deficit with under one minute left, a pair of 3-pointers by McRae and Trae Golden found the back iron.

"The good thing was that you put yourself in a position to win the game," Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin said. "Now you have to do it. We missed four free throws — make those free throws and get key stops when you need to. It's a tough lesson, but we have to learn from it and try to get over the hump."

It's a tall one. The Vols (9-8, 1-4 SEC) and have lost five of their last six games.

Fittingly, Henderson iced it for Ole Miss (16-2, 5-0) with a pair of free throws. He made all eight attempts on the night.

Beyond the arc, though, was where Henderson put on his one-man show. After being closed down in the first half, the SEC's leading scorer (19.4 points per game) came unhinged. Six of 11 3-point attempts — most contested and unwieldy — splashed down.

The crowd, there to see the Rebels play their first game as a ranked team since 2010, roared as it rained.

"It was really loud, making it hard for our play calls," McRae said."We did a good job defending through the course of the game," Martin said. "In the second half they shot 53 percent (14-for-26) from the field, but I thought we did a solid job, just had some minor breakdowns. More than anything, Marshall did a good job of making shots."

Golden (11 points) was the only other UT player in double figures.

Fifty-three fouls were called in a game often stunted by whistles. Ole Miss made 19 of its 33 free throws. The Vols were 17-for-27

"If you call the game a certain way, then that's how the game is played," Martin said. "It's understood and then the guys can make the adjustments that are necessary. It's a tough one. We feel like we had a great opportunity. We just came up short."

The packed house wallowed for nearly 10 first-half minutes as the Rebels went without a field goal from the 16:03 mark to the 6:04 mark. An early one-point Ole Miss lead turned into a 21-12 deficit over the span.

The Vols held a 25-18 halftime lead thanks to that suffocating defense. Before Thursday, the Rebels' lowest output in a half had been 29 points.

Henderson's only four points of the half came from the line."It's a credit to him, staying aggressive, staying in the game, and being ready when his time comes," Martin said. "He started coming off those screens (in the second half) and made a couple. He picked his head up. Then he's rolling."

Reginald Buckner finished with 10 points and eight rebounds for Ole Miss. Following the game, Henderson made another prophesy.

With Ole Miss now holding a three-game winning streak over Tennessee dating back to last season, Henderson stated his Rebels would beat the Vols "10 out of 10 times" and concluded, "We're just better."

"He talks a lot," McRae said. "I can't keep track (of what he says)."

Unless the two clash again at the SEC tournament in Nashville this March, UT will have to wait until next year to try to prove Henderson wrong.

The Vols return home on Saturday for date with Alabama (12-6, 4-1) at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men's basketball. Follow him at Twitter.com/BFQuinn

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tan007 writes:

Skylar McBee held Henderson in the 1st half to NO field goals. Yet in the 2nd half McBee was on the bench until 4 seconds in the game & Henderson turned the whole thing around. I want to know why McBee was on the bench the 2nd half??

redskinvol1 writes:

Great first half.Once again they fall apart with five minutes to go.This is not winning basketball.Turn overs and free throws are killing this team.Just boring to watch.There is no leader on this team and that includes coach Martin.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

WouldaCouldaShoulda....just like Dooley's teams.

tgiles1944#654264 writes:

No inside game - No big men - No defense- no controlling boards - No victory - Recruit big men - Big man game - This hurts man.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

Trae Golden is a huge liability.

The key turnaround...he got stuck with the ball, threw a bad pass, ended up leading to FOUR Ole Miss points, then another 3 almost immediately...7 point turnaround at just under the 3 minute mark.

Missed FT's at crunch time by Moore and McRae just pushed the dagger in a bit more.

vol98champ writes:

I wish someone would figure out the combined scores for this team in the last 5 minutes. They fold when the game is on the line like nothing I have ever seen. Many times I have said "here comes a turnover" about 2 seconds before it happens.

HooRay_Vol writes:

in response to emailnodata:

Trae Golden is a huge liability.

The key turnaround...he got stuck with the ball, threw a bad pass, ended up leading to FOUR Ole Miss points, then another 3 almost immediately...7 point turnaround at just under the 3 minute mark.

Missed FT's at crunch time by Moore and McRae just pushed the dagger in a bit more.

My thoughts exactly!!!!! And we need big men like the guy above posted.

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

great effort by the Vols tonight. they did much better than the performance in Knoxville. But you are what your record says you are, and that's now 1-4. Once again this team finds creative ways to play itself out of ballgames. Poor FT shooting, too many turnovers, too many fouls, no perimeter game. This is a criminally underachieving team.

tomkats3242 writes:

Learn to live with this coach. He will not be replaced by Hart. Basketball at UT will never be the same as it was with Pearl. UT needs players, not hollywood lookers, people who can clean themselves up and not look like hoods, but what do you expect from a Junior college coach?

willphill#241787 writes:

Time after time
the vols failed to take
advantage of fast break opportunities in the first half that could have provided a substantial cushion. Cuonzo ball allows every team to be in the game. I don't believe the vols have scored after a timeout this year. We are in trouble. Cuonzo is in over his head. One more year with Cuonzo will relegate the vols to basketball obscurity.

ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER writes:

Henderson is a punk.

TheSmokyMountainThatRides writes:

cuonzo makes me sad to be a fan. no fire at all. boring.

VOLFROMNC writes:

Stokes is pretty much worthless... Good for a couple rebounds. Bench him.

eduardo writes:

Bring out the black curtains!

TheFuj writes:

As another posted, just like Dooley's team. Faltered down the stretch. So much for payback.
They just are not winners. Almost every sport is just a huge disappoitment.
Key points I thought in the game.
Not going to win many games doubling your opponent in turnovers. 21 turnovers!!
These are not freshman playing their first game. This is coaching. Fundamentals in practice.
Down the stretch. One 3 pt shot by McRae in last 5 minutes of the game. FOUR missed free throws. Again, not going to win many games when you only score 3 points in last 5 minutes of a game. Good time out plays GM.
Overall just hard to watch. They have talent, but just cannot win.

kazoo writes:

Vols need a couple of good big men--badly. And you can't miss free throws, especially late. That's how you lose games. Losers miss free throws. You HAVE to make them if you want to win close games.

One_in_West_Knox writes:

Another valued Tennessee tradition??

CRUMBLING AT "CRUNCH" TIME!!

volaboard writes:

This is getting frustrating. When will UT win a game of consequence again in any sport.

OklaVOL writes:

in response to tan007:

Skylar McBee held Henderson in the 1st half to NO field goals. Yet in the 2nd half McBee was on the bench until 4 seconds in the game & Henderson turned the whole thing around. I want to know why McBee was on the bench the 2nd half??

Sorry, but Richardson had that assignment in the first half.

rclarkvols#224537 writes:

Good effort. We are improving. Can still finish 10 and 6 in the conference. Let's beat Bama and get on a roll

thevoice writes:

No point guard, terrible free throw shooting (minus Jordan), vanishing act by Stokes and McBee, few assists, multitude of turnovers. Same ole same ole.

tan007 writes:

in response to OklaVOL:

Sorry, but Richardson had that assignment in the first half.

When I was watching the game it was McBee that kept Henderson in check.

tennrich1 writes:

in response to ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER:

Henderson is a punk.

Unforunately when you can score like he can you can be a little punkish....

tan007 writes:

in response to ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER:

Henderson is a punk.

I agree!! I really wanted him to be triple teamed & not score whether we won or not. He acts like something gone wild & as long as he can make them win his coach is going to allow his behavior. You would think someone could teach him how to win with class.

BigOrangeSmoker writes:

in response to tgiles1944#654264:

No inside game - No big men - No defense- no controlling boards - No victory - Recruit big men - Big man game - This hurts man.

all that equals...NO COACH!!! Its time for martin to go on somewhere,ive said it all along and i'll continue saying it,martin aint no SEC coach,he cant coach talented players.This team is loaded with talent,come on Hart its now time

8inarow writes:

It pains me so to see Vols going after each other like this.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

Bruuuuuuuuucccceeeeeee.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to collegegrovebilly:

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You're on a roll tonight TB..CCM did choke this game away..First he wasted all his time outs with 3:50 to play and secondly he didn't allow his perimeter players to lock down Henderson. Benching McBee and Reese late in the game meant Ole Miss only had to push the umbrella defense out on McRae, and that exposed UT's weak outside shooting.

volmanohio writes:

Folks, we cannot afford to fire/hire any more coaches!! I am afraid we will have to put up with Martin for at least another season.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER:

Henderson is a punk.

No doubt, I never remember Chris Lofton acting like such a JA when he hit big shots..He's lucky Tyler Smith and some of our former thugs weren't on the court, someone (meaning Henderson) would have gotten their arse kicked.

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to volmanohio:

Folks, we cannot afford to fire/hire any more coaches!! I am afraid we will have to put up with Martin for at least another season.

I believe his contract is up after 2013-14 season.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to emailnodata:

Bruuuuuuuuucccceeeeeee.

I wish.

born2ride writes:

McRae - the best and most improved player.

Golden - terrible point guard.

Stokes - lazy and horrible free throw shooter.

Kenny Hall - pathetic (sorry but true)

Richardson - good for an unheralded player.

Skylar - did an outstanding job on Henderson in first half.

Moore - has potential.

Yemi - a project.

Martin - boring

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to emailnodata:

Bruuuuuuuuucccceeeeeee.

I like Bruce Campbell, demon hunter, too.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to collegegrovebilly:

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I wish Simmons could play for the men, she has a first step quicker than anybody on the men's BB team..

crmcm44#321757 writes:

Wade Houston redo. No coaching help for the players when they are floundering.

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to rclarkvols#224537:

Good effort. We are improving. Can still finish 10 and 6 in the conference. Let's beat Bama and get on a roll

You're joking, right?? That would require them going 9-2 the rest of the way.

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to crmcm44#321757:

Wade Houston redo. No coaching help for the players when they are floundering.

I don't quite think we're that low yet.

willphill#241787 writes:

in response to usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it:

I don't quite think we're that low yet.

Give us a few more games.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it:

I don't quite think we're that low yet.

Agreed, this team played much better against Ole Miss at the tad pad..IMO that means the game plan was at least competent and should have worked if he would have stuck to it.

golfman1975 writes:

in response to tan007:

I agree!! I really wanted him to be triple teamed & not score whether we won or not. He acts like something gone wild & as long as he can make them win his coach is going to allow his behavior. You would think someone could teach him how to win with class.

He needs to be punked back...be physical with him and frustrate the heck out of him...it would be worth putting someone in to just foul the heck out of him...without the ball.

AHOUSE writes:

McBee had three bad missed 3's in a row---that is 3 turn overs. Henderson was not really trying to take over in the first half so don't give our defense credit. In the second half he did whatever he wanted, because our defense was not smart enough to pick him up off the screen.(coach)
Take all of one practice day and shoot foul shots. 6 for 10 and you run laps.

abnermc writes:

Anyone who watched just a few minutes of this game and thinks there was ever a hint of a possibility of UT winning is very naive. There is zero consistency on foul calls. I don't claim to know the fix but it is obviously BROKEN.

thepitts writes:

Another Wade Huston? Possibly. Boring? Absolutely. Poor defensive scheme, poor offensive scheme. Poor coaching? Without question. Another lousy coaching pick by UT! Bruce is eligible to be hired after next year. But, can we endure this for another season?

abnermc writes:

in response to 8inarow:

It pains me so to see Vols going after each other like this.

I think it is now 39 in a row (20 years!!!!)

Show-me-your-TDs writes:

The only reason we lost this game tonight is because the ref's suck big time!!!
That was like playing at Rupp Arena
the worst officiating I've ever seen
Gonzo Martin sits on his hands as usual
Martin not being more stern with the ref's Cost us this game!
The SEC higher up's strike again!!
Keep whichever team undefeated ...undefeated as long as possible

houvol#438636 writes:

Let's face it. They Suck! Bring Back the Pearl!

Samuel_L_Salma_GataBait_HowBoutDemCowboys_BlueWaffles88 writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

No doubt, I never remember Chris Lofton acting like such a JA when he hit big shots..He's lucky Tyler Smith and some of our former thugs weren't on the court, someone (meaning Henderson) would have gotten their arse kicked.

How many teeth do you think CJ would've knocked out of that kid's mouth?

claiborneh writes:

in response to usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it:

I don't quite think we're that low yet.

I do

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