KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It turns out there is someone who can tone down the taunting and irreverent antics Marshall Henderson is becoming known for.
His name is Marshall Henderson.
Mississippi's flamboyant guard missed 12 of his first 13 shots and was 0 for 6 from 3-point range Friday when he finally connected for a long 3-pointer in a second-round NCAA tournament game against Wisconsin. Then he remained unusually businesslike while scoring the rest of his 19 points and leading the 12th-seeded Rebels to a 57-46 victory.
"You can't go a little crazy when you go 1 for your first 17," said Marshall, the leading scorer in the Southeastern Conference. "I know what I can do and what I can't do, and that's not the time, no."
Henderson's futility reached its zenith with about 12 minutes to go when he fumbled the ball in the Wisconsin backcourt right into the hands of Sam Dekker, who raced down the court with Henderson on his shoulder and laid the ball in for a 36-30 Badgers lead.
But on Ole Miss' next possession, Henderson hit that 3-pointer, and the game quickly changed.
"There's no question Marshall Mania affects the psyche of the other team," Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. "How can you avoid it? Marshall this, Marshall that. We live with Marshall Mania. So for us, it's normal, another day at the office."
It was the first NCAA tournament win for the Rebels (27-8) in 12 years and snapped a string of six straight first-game wins for the cold-shooting Badgers (23-12), who held a three-point halftime lead after Henderson had scored only two points on 1-for-11 shooting.
It's not the first time Henderson has been known to go ice-cold in the first half and break loose in the second.
"He made that first shot and I celebrated," Kennedy said. "We've seen his show before. A lot of guys, you go 0 for 5 and it's going to be a long night. If you go 5 for 5 it's going to be a great night. He's been on both ends of the spectrum. As long as he's taking shots within our offense, our guys understand that. We were getting him looks. Then once he makes one or two, we keep feeding him."
Wisconsin, known for its stout defense, did hold the Rebels to their lowest point total of the year. But the fifth-seeded Badgers were a miserable 15 for 59 against the Ole Miss zone defense, including 7 for 30 from beyond the arc. Dekker had 14 points for Wisconsin.
"We won a lot of close games, beat a lot of good teams," coach Bo Ryan said. "But again, it's not a team that really shot the ball well all year. It happened again."
Murphy Holloway had 10 points and nine rebounds and Reginald Buckner had nine points and 12 rebounds for the Rebels, who will play No. 13 seed La Salle in the third round of the West Regional on Sunday. The Explorers upset fourth-seeded Kansas State 63-61.
After Buckner missed two free throws and the Rebels rebounded an errant Wisconsin shot, Henderson hit his second 3-pointer before Jared Berggren answered for the Badgers with a 3 of his own.
Holloway put the Rebels ahead to stay with a tip-in and another bucket. Then, after one of Wisconsin's 11 turnovers, Jarvis Summers connected for Ole Miss.
(13) LA SALLE 63, (4) KANSAS STATE 61: At Kansas City, Mo., Jerrell Wright made three foul shots in the final 30 seconds, and No. 13 seed La Salle advanced after blowing an 18-point halftime lead to beat fourth-seeded Kansas State. Wright, who scored a game-high 21 points for the Explorers (22-9), made the first two free throws to give La Salle a 62-61 lead. Kansas State's Jordan Henriquez missed in the paint at the other end, and Wright made the first of two more free throws with 9.6 seconds to go.
(2) OHIO STATE 95, (15) IONA 70: At Dayton, Ohio, Sam Thompson had career highs with 20 points and 10 rebounds, part of a dominating performance by Ohio State's front line against Iona. The second-seeded Buckeyes (27-7) have won nine straight, including their last five games of the regular season and a run to the Big Ten tournament title.
(10) IOWA STATE 76, (7) NOTRE DAME 58: At Dayton, Ohio, freshman Georges Niang matched a season high with 19 points and Iowa State, showing it can do much more than just fire away from outside the 3-point line, dismantled Notre Dame. The 10th-seeded Cyclones (23-11) led the nation in 3-pointers this season, but the Cyclones were just as effective from short range in ousting the Fighting Irish (25-10), who played their final game as a member of the Big East and will join the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.
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