Oregon outlats Henderson, Mississippi in overtime
Marshall Henderson attempted 23 three-pointers on Sunday. In his defense, the game did go an extra five minutes.
Henderson made 10 of those triples, but it wasn’t enough for the Rebels to pull off the upset, as Oregon started overtime on a 13-4 run and eventually won 115-105. Mike Moser and Johnathan Loyd each had double-doubles for the Ducks, with Morse going for 25 points and 10 rebounds and Loyd scoring 25 of his own with 15 assists. Henderson led all scorers with 39 points, though he shot just 11-of-27 from the floor. Oregon led 86-80 with less than a minute left in regulation, but Henderson made threes on back-to-back possessions, and Jarvis Summers drilled a long-range shot with one second remaining to force overtime.
While the game was close throughout — it was within a 10-point window throughout regulation — this may have been Oregon’s most impressive offensive performance of the season. The Ducks entered the game sixth in the country with a .520 field goal percentage, and they increased that by shooting 58.5 percent from the floor, knocking down 38 of 65 shots. They went 10-of-17 from behind the arc and 29-of-36 from the free throw line.
Thanks to Loyd’s big day, they assisted on 24 of their 38 made field goals. Whereas Ole Miss’ offense too often degenerated into “Let’s Watch Marshall Run off Screens and Shoot,” Oregon looked like the picture of efficient offense.
The Ducks have certainly earned their lofty ranking, but they’ve yet to face a huge test this year. A win on the road is always hard to come by, but Ole Miss is not quite the same team that knocked off Wisconsin in the round of 64 of the NCAA Tournament last year. Oregon’s two toughest games this year have been Sunday night in Oxford and the season-opening victory over Georgetown. The Ducks play Illinois on Saturday and BYU the following week, but they may not get a weighty challenge before starting their Pac-12 slate.
Ole Miss, meanwhile, can take solace in competing against a strong, non-conference foe for the second straight game. The Rebels fell to Kansas State, 61-58, on Thursday and took No. 13 Oregon to the brink. If they are going to match last year’s tournament performance, though, they’ll need to find offense from someone other than Henderson. Despite the moral victories the Rebels have earned the last two games, they’ve been far too dependent on Henderson, who posted some comically bad shooting numbers in the losses to Kansas State and Oregon.
He shot 4-of-18 against the Wildcats, including 2-of-13 from three-point land. A large part of the reason they are 221st in the nation in field goal percentage is because of a combination of Henderson’s usage rate and spotty performance. He has taken 21.4 percent of Mississippi’s shots this season, but is shooting just 35.2 percent from the floor. They should be able to cruise through their next four opponents before traveling to Dayton to take on the Flyers in their first game in 2014.