Alabama 74, Mississippi 64
Tony Mitchell scored 20 points and Alabama held off
Mississippi’s comeback attempt in a 74-64 victory over the Rebels
The Crimson Tide (16-8, 8-2 Southeastern Conference) gave up
most of a 23-point lead in the second half but managed to hold off
the Rebels (16-9, 4-6) and end their three-game SEC winning
Alabama made only six field goals in the second half after
building a 47-27 halftime cushion but the league’s top defensive
team limited Ole Miss to 36 percent shooting.
Chris Warren, the SEC’s No. 2 scorer, didn’t make a field goal
until his 3-pointer from the left corner with 1:16 left for the
Rebels. That cut it to 70-62 but it was too late.
JaMychal Green had 15 points, six blocked shots and three steals
for the Tide. Trevor Releford added 14 points, seven assists and
three more steals. Mitchell came off the bench in what coach
Anthony Grant called a ”coach’s decision” to make 8 of 13 shots
and reach 20 points for the fourth consecutive game.
Warren hit only 2 of 10 baskets but the nation’s leading free
throw shooter made 10 of 12 for the line to finish with 15 points.
Zach Graham added 13 while Dundrecous Nelson hit three second-half
3-pointers to help spark the aborted rally and scored 11.
Warren moved past Carlos Clark’s 1,822 points for third in
Nelson and Reginald Buckner, who was held to four points, both
Warren hit four straight from the line to cut Alabama’s lead to
65-59 with 2:22 left.
Alabama’s Senario Hillman then drove for his only basket, drew a
foul and hit the free throw. He made another from the line with
1:45 left to push it back to double digits. Green, Hillman and
Releford combined to make 5 of 6 free throws after that.
The Rebels had cut the big deficit to 56-47 with a 15-1 run just
8 minutes into the second half. Nelson and Nick Williams hit
back-to-back 3s to punctuate the surge and Nelson added another one
with 10:50 left.
Alabama had only two field goals in the half before Green and
Mitchell finally responded with consecutive putbacks. The Tide was
6-of-17 shooting after hitting 53 percent before halftime.
The Tide was playing two nights after having a five-game winning
streak ended with an 81-77 loss at No. 23 Vanderbilt. Alabama,
which has won 11 of its last 13 games, didn’t endure the same fate
as last season when the Rebels overcame a 23-deficit to beat the
Mitchell came off for the bench for the second time in the past
three games. He had 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting in just 10 minutes
to pace Alabama to a 47-27 halftime lead, including a long jumper
with 20 seconds for the final points of the half.
The game was tight until Mitchell came off the bench 6 minutes
into the game right after Releford’s 3-pointer put Alabama up
Alabama had made 5 of 29 3-pointers in its past two games, but
was 5 of 9 at the half.