TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Mykal Riley scored 22 points and Alabama
made 10-of-12 free throws over the final 2:46 to beat Mississippi
76-67 Wednesday night.
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
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 :03-seconds left.
The Lineups are set for the MIAA City High School Championship Basketball games.
It all gets underway Thursday at White Stations' Spartan Palace.
The first game tipping off at 3pm is the Class-AA- Girls Title matching BTW against Mitchell.
The Boys -AA- Crown is next pitting undefeated and Top Ranked BTW against Mitchell.
Then, it's the Girls Triple-A- showdown between White Station and Northside..followed by the Boys Big School Battle...
Number One Ridgeway against Central.
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