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Henderson’s shot keys OT victory

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — It wasn’t a “desperation heave,” if you believe the man who shot it. It was all part of the plan.

Marshall Henderson’s folk hero status grew again on Tuesday night, as Ole Miss came surging back to life to defeat Vanderbilt in overtime 89-79 at Memorial Gym. The win was Ole Miss’ first at Memorial Gym since 2001, the year they advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. The win also improved the Rebels to 14-2 overall, their best start since the 2007-08 team went 15-1 and 3-0 in the Southeastern Conference.

Down by three after the Commodores’ 17th 3-pointer of the night, Henderson took a well-placed pass from guard Jarvis Summers and — inexplicably for the Commodores (6-9, 0-3) — found a completely open look. He drained a 30-foot shot as time expired to tie the game and Vandy never recovered.

Ole Miss went on an 11-1 run in overtime, and Kennedy’s team found a way to win by any means necessary on the road, the kind of effort that’s usually found in NCAA Tournament teams.

As for the shot? Henderson wanted the ball and knew it was in as soon as he released it. (January 16, 2013, Page 6)

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