OXFORD, Miss. - Marshall Henderson came off the bench for the first time to score 28 points, including a school record-tying eight 3-pointers, and Ole Miss made short work of Auburn on Saturday at Tad Smith Coliseum.
Freshman Shaq Johnson had five dunks for Auburn/Todd Van Emst photo
The Rebels romped to an 88-55 victory, handing Auburn its fifth consecutive loss and 11th loss in 12 games. Auburn, which lost a dramatic 63-61 decision to Ole Miss at home, fell to 9-18 on the season and 3-11 in the Southeastern Conference. Ole Miss moved to 20-7 and 9-5.
Freshman Shaquille Johnson was the only highlight for the Tigers, scoring a career-high 18 points with five dunks.
Henderson hit his first two 3-pointers to spark Ole Miss to a 15-6 lead just over five minutes into the game. Auburn used a 6-1 run to get to within 16-12 after an Allen Payne steal and layup with 10:22 left.
But the Tigers would get no closer.
The Rebels scored 12 straight points to extend the lead to 28-15 on a Henderson’s third 3-pointer at 6:14, and Henderson’s fourth 3-pointer helped extend the lead to 35-18. Henderson’s fifth 3-pointer of the half put Ole Miss up 44-25 as he finished with 19 first half points. The Rebels led 44-27 at the half.
Ole Miss extended its lead to 60-36 just over 13 minutes to go and coasted from there. The lead grew to 68-38 with 9:40 left and then 84-52 on Henderson’s eight 3-pointer with 3:35 to go.
Ole Miss outshot Auburn 54 percent to 39.3 percent from the floor and 13-of-25 (.520) to 3-of-18 (.167) from 3-point range. The Rebels were 21-of-26 from the foul line while the Tigers were 8-of-12.
Auburn plays at Alabama on Tuesday at 6 p.m.