Ole Miss rallies past Mississippi State 78-66

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ATLANTA (AP) - Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy offered a sarcastic tip of his cap after Marshall Henderson launched 19 3-pointers against Mississippi State.

“That’s an SEC record. Congratulations,” Kennedy said, looking at his star senior.

Luckily for the Rebels, seven of those 3s were good, helping Ole Miss rally from a 13-point deficit to beat Mississippi State 78-66 in the second round of the Southeastern Conference tournament on Thursday night.

Henderson and Jarvis Summers each scored 21 points to lead the Rebels.

Henderson constantly circled the perimeter as he sought passes for open 3s. He said it was no coincidence he found more open shots in the second half, when the Bulldogs appeared to grow weary of chasing the guard.

“That’s pretty much how it is in a lot of games,” Henderson said. “In the beginning of games teams are real anxious to guard me.

“I never stop running.”

“Or shooting,” Kennedy added quickly with a smile.

Henderson, the MVP of the 2013 tournament, sometimes reacted to his successful long-range shots. He struck animated poses, slapped the scorer’s table and slapped the floor.

And he kept shooting.

“There’s only one Marshall Henderson,” Kennedy said.

Ole Miss (19-13), the defending SEC tournament champion, will play Georgia in the quarterfinals on Friday night.

Kennedy said the Rebels had extra motivation as they need more wins - and probably another SEC tournament title - to make the NCAA tournament field.

Mississippi State scored the first 10 points of the game and kept the lead almost 32 minutes. Ole Miss took its first lead at 57-56 with 8:11 remaining on a layup by Ladarius White.

Following a 59-59 tie, the Rebels pulled away as Henderson and Summers combined for three straight 3-pointers.

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