Men's Basketball Falls, 74-66, at Mississippi State
Feb. 24, 2010
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Senior guard Mikhail Torrance scored a game-high 23 points but the University of Alabama men’s basketball team was unable to overcome an 11-point, second-half deficit in a 74-66 loss at Mississippi State Wednesday night.
With the loss Alabama moves to 14-13 (4-9 SEC), while Mississippi State improves to 20-8 (8-5 SEC) and first place in the SEC Western Division.
"We had our moments," Alabama head coach Anthony Grant said. "We didn't handle situations the way we need to, but I thought overall the guys competed. It was a two-point game with three-and-a-half minutes to play."
Mississippi State lead by as many as 11 on two separate occasions in the second half, but a 10-2 Alabama run cut the lead down to two points, 59-61, with 3:54 remaining. The Bulldogs responded by connecting on three straight three-pointers to extend the lead to eight at 67-59 and dash any hopes of an Alabama comeback.
Junior guard Senario Hillman hit double-figures for the fourth consecutive game with 13 points to go along with three steals and two assists, while sophomore forward JaMychal Green added 12 points and grabbed five rebounds to round out the trio of Tide players to score in double-digits.
“He was very effective, physical, and made it difficult for us to get conversions inside,” Grant said of Varnado’s record-setting performance.