OXFORD, Miss. -- Marshall Henderson scored 26 points and sparked a decisive 14-1 surge in the opening three minutes of the second half Wednesday as Mississippi defeated Louisiana-Monroe 75-62.
Ole Miss (8-2) used three consecutive 3-point shots from Henderson in the decisive run to build an insurmountable 51-34 lead with 16:52 left.Henderson finished 6 of 13 from 3-point range and added three rebounds and two steals.LaDarius White added 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Rebels, who shot 22 of 54, 40.7 percent, from the field. The Rebels led 37-33 at halftime and by as many as 20 points in the second half.Louisiana-Monroe (3-3) was led by Amos Olatayo and Tylor Ongwae with 17 and 12 points, respectively. The Warhawks out rebounded Ole Miss 45-33, including a game-high 11 rebounds from Jayon James.Ole Miss built an 11-6 lead in the opening six minutes, highlighted by the first of Henderson's 3-pointers. Louisiana-Monroe pulled into a tie on two occasions, the final time at 25-25 on a three-point play by RJ McCray with 6:12 left in the half.The Rebels led 37-33 at halftime, finishing on the third of Henderson's 3-point shots. Henderson had 14 first half points and added three rebounds, a steal and an assist. Olatayo and Ongwae had 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Warhawks in the half.Louisiana-Monroe never closed within 13 points again. The game's biggest lead came on a 3-pointer from Anthony Perez for a 62-42 cushion with 10:56 left. Derrick Millinghaus, Jarvis Summers and Perez had eight points apiece to complement a balanced Ole Miss output.The Warhawks pulled down 20 offensive rebounds but struggled from the field, finishing 25 of 66, 37.9 percent, and had 17 turnovers.Ole Miss, on the strength of Henderson's six long-range bombs, finished 10 of 25, 40 percent, from long range and 21 of 27, 77.8 percent, from the free-throw line.