Marshall Henderson (USA Today Sports Images)
Said Henderson, "If it’s all the same, it’s Saturday night. I’m out."
Whereas I normally disapprove when star athletes shirk their responsibility to speak to the media because the burden of answering tough questions falls to their teammates, Henderson can't be faulted for a lack of accountability after a win, not a loss. Plus, you can't help but chuckle at a college kid unwilling to let anything stand in the way of enjoying his Saturday night.
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Perhaps Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy would prefer if Henderson would curb his hard-partying ways -- or at least not be so brazen about them -- but the junior guard can't be faulted for his play Saturday night. He scored 25 points, missing all but one of his seven 3-point attempts but sinking all 14 free throws he shot.
Oddly enough, the biggest plays Henderson made Saturday involved taking punishment.
With the Rebels in danger of suffering a damaging loss for their NCAA tournament hopes, Henderson drew a flagrant foul on Georgia's Kenny Gaines with three minutes remaining in the game by sticking his face in the path of the guard's swinging elbows. Henderson then drew three more free throws mere seconds later when Gaines plowed into him trying to block his 3-point attempt.
Those five consecutive foul shots helped Ole Miss force overtime and escape with an 84-74 victory that keeps the Rebels on track for an NCAA bid.
Henderson's post-game comments about those plays surely would have been interesting. That he chose not to delay his Saturday night was as well.
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