The Alabama Crimson Tide men’s basketball team won against the Mississippi State Bulldogs 64-56 in Coleman Coliseum on Wednesday night. The win moves the Tide to 18-8 overall (10-3 SEC) while Bulldogs fall to to 7-18 (2-11 SEC). The victory secures a winning SEC season for the Crimson Tide, their third consecutive conference winning season, which hasn’t happened since the 1994-1996 seasons.
Mississippi State started the game with a two-pointer to lead 2-0. That would be the only time the Bulldogs led this game. The Crimson Tide led for the rest of the way and would lead by as many as twelve. That’s not to say that the first half was very clean offensively on both teams. Combined, Alabama and Mississippi State were an atrocious 18-55 on the floor. Alabama was leading mainly because of 11 points off of 8 Bulldog turnovers. They would finish with 23 points off Mississippi State turnovers. It was 31-20 Tide heading into the locker room.
The second half was much of the same, but the shooting was much better with a combined 50 percent for both teams. Mississippi State and Alabama were even for about the first 13 minutes or so, trading baskets and the occasional turnover. Then, the Bulldogs cut Alabama’s lead to four with a 5-0 run to make it 47-43 Tide with about five minutes to go. Then Alabama answered with its own 5-0 run, and that would be as close as Mississippi State got to coming back. The Crimson Tide took the victory 64-56.
It was Rodney Cooper leading the Crimson Tide tonight with 20 points and 10 rebounds, making it his first double-double this season and the second one total among the Crimson Tide all year. Trevor Lacey and Trevor Releford backed up the effort with 28 points and 8 rebounds.
Jaylen Steele came off the bench for Mississippi State and led all scorers with 15 points and also contributed with 3 three-pointers of the six the Bulldogs hit in the game. Mississippi State had a total of 23 turnovers to Alabama’s 14.
Alabama hits the road to Baton Rouge, LA to take on the LSU Tigers Saturday at 12:30pm. The SEC Network will have coverage on your local affiliates.
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