Nashville, TN-Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson, the SEC’s leading scorer, hit a leaning, 35-foot shot at the buzzer to force overtime against Vanderbilt where the Rebels went on to win, 89-79. Henderson finished with 26 points as Ole Miss rallied from 13 points down with eight minutes left to play. The Rebels are now 14-2, but 3-0 in SEC play for the first time in Andy Kennedy’s seven seasons in Oxford.
Lexington, KY-Tennessee came up short in its bid for the Vols first win at Rupp Arena since 2006 as Kentucky captured a 75-65 victory on Tuesday night. Tennessee fell to 0-3 in the SEC and 8-7 overall, losing for the fourth game in a row.
Jordan McRae led the Vols in scoring for the fourth game in a row with 23 as he is averaging 24.0 over the last four games. He became the first Vol since Chris Lofton with four consecutive games of 20 points or more. Lofton, who sat behind the Vols bench on Tuesday, did it in five games in a row in Jan.-Feb. 2008.
Kentucky, 11-5, 2-1, was led by Kyle Wiltjer’s 17 points. Nerlens Noel (12), Ryan Harrow (12) and Alex Poythress (10) also scored in double-figures. Julius Mays’ pair of late 3-pointers did the Vols in.