Georgia will see Henderson and Ole Miss in quarterfinals

semerson@macon.comMarch 13, 2014 

Georgia's Charles Mann (4) looks to pass the ball during Georgia's win over Ole Miss in Feb. Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson is chasing after Mann.

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ATLANTA - Georgia will go elbow-to-elbow with Marshall Henderson one more time, this time in the SEC quarterfinals.

Henderson and Ole Miss rallied past Mississippi State in their second-round game on Thursday night, setting up Friday's quarterfinal. The game will tip off at the Georgia Dome around 9:30 p.m., or 30 minutes after the completion of the Kentucky-LSU quarterfinal.

Georgia (18-12 overall, 12-6 in the SEC regular season) is the third seed in the tournament, and received a double-bye into Friday's quarterfinals. Ole Miss (19-13 overall, 8-8 during the SEC regular season) is the sixth seed.

Georgia edged Ole Miss 61-60 in their lone regular-season matchup. Kenny Gaines led Georgia with 21 points, 19 of which came in the second half. Charles Mann hit the game-winning free throw with 1.5 seconds left. Ole Miss led by 11 in the first half, then Georgia rallied to lead by 11 in the second half, only to have the Rebels rally again.

There was a little more than a minute left when Henderson drew an elbow again, this time from Marcus Thornton, who said after the game a foul should have been called before the elbow.

Last year Henderson drew what appeared to be a phantom elbow from Kenny Gaines late in the game, helping turn a game that Georgia had been leading. Ole Miss went on to win in overtime.

During this year's game, Henderson came off the bench that game, but played 31 minutes and had a game-high 24 points. He was 6-for-13 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Georgia out-rebounded Ole Miss 49-34 in the game, which was the main difference in a game where teams both shot pretty poorly. Mann also excelled at getting to the free throw line, where he made 12-of-16 attempts.

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