Monday, he led Ole Miss to its second win.
Henderson, who led Ole Miss in scoring in its season-opening win against Mississippi Valley State, was again the catalyst Tuesday night. He scored a team-high 27 points in a 90-72 win over Coastal Carolina.
With the win, Ole Miss moves to 2-0 on the year. The Rebels next face Arkansas-Little Rock Friday at 7 p.m.
“Came out a little flat,” Henderson said. “We knew they were going to come in and give us a game. We didn’t really take it as much to heart as we should have. It was good that we figured it out at halftime.”
Ole Miss went into halftime trailing 39-36. However, a spirited halftime speech from head coach Andy Kennedy, as well as the emotional lift of Henderson, sparked the Rebels in the second to open up a lead they would never relinquish.
Henderson scored 14 of his 27 points in the second half, finishing the game 8 of 17 from the floor and 6 of 13 from 3. The Rebels outscored Coastal Carolina, 21-8, to open the period.
“I didn’t like our approach at all,” Kennedy said. “I thought we were flat. I didn’t think we were as engaged early. We made a little spurt and kind of got in control. We had a talk about some things at the half. Our upperclassmen stepped up in the second half.”
Henderson was one of four Rebels to finish with double-digit points. Holloway chipped in 15 points and 12 rebounds. The win marked his second double-double in as many games and the 27th of his career.
Fellow senior Nick Williams added 11 points in the win on 4 of 9 shooting. He was 2 of 5 from 3. He also contributed two rebounds and three assists. Sophomore Aaron Jones had 10 points and four rebounds.
“I finally got to play a little bit,” Williams said. “Just trying to get into a rhythm. Coach is trying to play those young guys, and I understand that. We need everybody on this team for us to succeed. I just do what I can do.”
Kennedy played 11 players Tuesday night. Demarco Cox (foot) and Jason Carter (suspension) were the only regulars not to see time. Freshmen Martavious Newby, Anthony Perez, Derrick Millinghaus and Terry Brutus combined for 12 points.
“I’m trying with these young guys,” Kennedy said. “I’m trying. I told them, ‘My patience is running thin. If you don’t produce, those minutes are going to go away.’ But I’m still trying to give them an opportunity.”
Millinghaus started in place of sophomore Jarvis Summers, who started 30-plus games for Ole Miss last season. Summers missed practice time this week due to a knee issue, paving the way for Millinghaus.
But Summers didn’t miss a beat, scoring nine points and dishing out six assists in 24 minutes. Millinghaus had four points, two rebounds and one assist in 16 minutes.
“I was thanking God he came into the game,” Williams said of Summers. “Derrick is young. It was his first start. I was happy to get my man back in the game. He opened things up for us. Having Jarvis out there is big.”
But it was Henderson who was the story yet again. A junior college transfer, Henderson has led Ole Miss in scoring in each of the three games it’s played, including an exhibition win over Montevallo.
“This is what I needed; what we needed,” Kennedy said of the addition of Henderson. “He’s got a good basketball I.Q. He understands the game, game’s important to him. He works. We’ve just got to keep him focused.”
Ole Miss was outrebounded, 39-34. “That’s obviously the biggest concern we have on our team,” Henderson said. “If we can, as a team, come together and have really great team rebounding stats, the sky’s the limit for this team.” … Cox went through his first practice on Tuesday. Kennedy said he hoped to have him in uniform this weekend for UALR. If not, for sure by next week … Ole Miss shot 51 percent in the game. The Rebels were 9 of 27 from 3-point range … Anthony Raffa led Coastal Carolina with 20 points.