Henderson, Rebels crush Tigers

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.

Allen Payne added nine points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals for the Tigers while Frankie Sullivan had nine points and three assists.

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.

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