Men's Basketball Falls to Mississippi, 76-73
Feb. 27, 2010
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Despite getting game-high 19-point performances from guards Charvez Davis and Mikhail Torrance, the Alabama men's basketball team fell to the University of Mississippi at Coleman Coliseum Saturday afternoon, 76-73, in a hard-fought contest that saw six ties and 12 lead changes.
Sophomore forward JaMychal Green added 14 points while senior forward Justin Knox had 12 for the Crimson Tide (14-14, 4-10). Murphy Holloway had 16 points to lead Mississippi's (19-9, 7-7 SEC) five players in double digits.
"You have to give Ole Miss credit," UA head coach Anthony Grant said. "They came out and really shot the ball well from the three-point line. They came into the game as a team that was making a lot of threes and our game plan was really to try to control dribble penetration and keep them out of the lane."
Davis' 19 points bettered his previous career high of 16 set in an 86-69 win earlier this season against Jackson State, but the efforts by the junior college transfer from Montgomery were not enough to push the Tide over the top.
With the score tied at 69 with 1:35 left in the game, Holloway gave Mississippi a two-point lead on a driving layup with 1:12 remaining. Davis answered 12 seconds later with his fifth three pointer of the game, giving Alabama a 72-71 advantage.
Rebel guard Terrico White then nailed a three pointer of his own at the 29 second mark to give Mississippi the lead, 74-72. Following a timeout, Green made 1-of-2 free throws to pull the Tide within one before Rebel guard Chris Warren made two free throws to push the Mississippi lead to three with six seconds to go.
Freshman forward Tony Mitchell had a chance to tie it at the end, but his three pointer from the top of the key missed the mark as time expired.
"Terrico White stepped up early and knocked down some big three's and (Trevor) Gaskins stepped up late," Grant said. "They ended up making twelve threes in the game and that was the difference tonight."
After trading baskets with Mississippi over the first two minutes of the second half, Alabama rattled off seven-straight points, punctuated by a Torrance reverse layup following a steal and assist from Mitchell, to take a 43-35 lead at the 16:42 mark of the half.
The Tide pushed the margin to 48-37 on a three-point play by Green before the Rebels used a 12-0 run to take its first lead since the 16:59 mark of the first half.
The lead changed hands five times, including two ties, over the next 8:31 as both teams traded baskets at a rapid fire pace. An 8-0 Alabama run, spanning 2:41, gave the Tide a 69-64 lead before Mississippi ran off five straight points to tie it at 69 at the 1:35 mark.
"I thought we did a good job of attacking them offensively early," Grant said. "Defensively we did not do a great job on the perimeter, but I thought we had done well taking away other things. They were able to get stops when they needed to and they made some big shots to get the win in the end."
Torrance led the Tide with 11 first-half points while Knox and Davis came off the bench to add a combined 15 points. Moreover, Knox scored eight of his ten points over the final 4:11 of the first half. White had 12 first-half points to lead the Rebel scoring attack.
Torrance finished the game with six assists and no turnovers while senior Anthony Brock added five assists for the Tide. For the game, Alabama committed a season-low seven turnovers.
The Crimson Tide travels to Columbia, S.C., March 3 to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks with tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m. (CST).