Feb. 26, 2011
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OXFORD, Miss. - The University of Alabama men's basketball team dropped a hard-fought contest to the Mississippi Rebels, 68-63, Saturday afternoon at the Tad Smith Coliseum in Oxford.
Junior forward JaMychal Green led the way for Alabama (19-9, 11-3 SEC) with a 17-point and seven-rebound performance. Senior forward Chris Hines scored a career-high 15 points and collected seven rebounds, while sophomore forward Tony Mitchell added 13 points. Freshman guard Trevor Releford tallied all eight of his points in the second half.
“I thought it was a hard-fought game,” UA head coach Anthony Grant said. “Give Ole Miss credit, they did the things the needed to do to win. We fought, but just weren’t able to get the ‘W.’”
Alabama and Mississippi kept it a tight contest throughout the first half with eight lead changes in the first 20 minutes. Mississippi used an 8-0 run to capture the largest lead of the half, 27-19, with 5:50 left in first.
Trailing 35-30 at the break, the Tide came out strong in the second half and quickly recaptured the lead at the 16:39 mark, 39-37. When Mississippi senior guard Chris Warren made a three-pointer to take the one-point lead at 40-39, Releford and company started a 12-0 run to build a 51-40 lead.
“I thought we got into a rhythm in the second half and were scoring effectively in transition and then the pace of the game changed,” Grant said. “Ole Miss is a great three-point shooting team and we were able to overcome that, but we couldn’t overcome the free-throw line.”
The Rebels responded with an 8-0 run of their own to cut the lead to 51-48 with 11:17 left in the contest. Alabama and Mississippi fought hard until the end of the game when the Rebels tied the game with 3:36 left and scored their final 10 points at the free-throw line to pull away for the win.
Guiding the way for Mississippi (18-11, 6-8 SEC) was Warren with 25 points and senior guard Zach Graham who added a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
The loss was only the third for the Crimson Tide since Jan. 1 and the squad will travel to Gainesville, Fla., on Tuesday to take on No. 13 Florida. Both the Tide and Gators enter the game with matching 11-3 league records atop the SEC standings. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. CT.