Rebels Come Up Short Again In SEC Road Game At Alabama

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Ole Miss made another comeback attempt in an SEC road game, but it again came up short as the Rebels fell 76-67 to the Crimson Tide of Alabama Wednesday night.

Mykal Riley scored 22 points and Alabama made 10-of-12 free throws over the final 2:46 to beat Ole Miss.

The Crimson Tide (14-11, 3-7 Southeastern Conference) largely contained Ole Miss stars Dwayne Curtis and Chris Warren, who both finished the game with four fouls.

The Rebels (17-6, 3-6) cut a 14-point deficit down to four in the final minutes but still fell to 0-5 in SEC road games. Zach Graham hit two free throws and Warren pulled up for a quick 3-pointer to make it 61-57 with 2:57 to play.

Then, Alabama, the league's worst free throw shooting team, went to the line repeatedly and benefited from an intentional foul call and a technical against an irate Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy in the final minutes.

Riley made five of the Tide's six 3-pointers, including one with a second on the shot clock with 1:20 to play. Brandon Hollinger's fast-break layup with 55 seconds left after the Rebels missed several shots then made it 72-62 and was the Tide's only other basket in the key stretch run.

Alonzo Gee had 12 points for Alabama while Richard Hendrix, Hollinger and Mikhail Torrance had 10 apiece. Hendrix, who missed the Tide's loss at Kentucky with a stomach virus, also had eight rebounds and five blocked shots but appeared to be still ailing.

Warren finished with 13 points but made just 5-of-19 shots despite a pair of late 3s. He was coming off a career-high 26-point performance against Arkansas.

Curtis struggled even more, managing just three points and seven boards and playing just 17 minutes because of foul trouble. He didn't score until making a free throw with 3:48 left. Both came in averaging 15-plus points.

David Huertas also had 13 points and Zach Graham finished with 10.

Both teams shot just 36.5 percent, but Alabama made 24-of-32 free throws after coming in making just 59 percent from the line. Ole Miss hit just 13 in 22 attempts.

The Tide had an 11-point lead trimmed to 32-28 by halftime. Graham and Kenny Williams both scored off offensive rebounds in the final 28 seconds for Ole Miss. It was still the Rebels' second fewest first-half points of the season for a team ranked second in the SEC averaging 82 points a game.


 

 

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