Alabama (10–14, 4–7 SEC) senior guard Trevor Releford’s last-second 3-pointer lifted the Tide over the Ole Miss Rebels (16–8, 7–4 SEC) on Tuesday night.
Releford all but took over in the second half to lift the Tide’s struggling offensive attack. He finished with 26 points, 21 coming in the second half of play. The do-it-all guard also added five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
The win snaps Alabama’s four game losing streak and rewarded the hand-full of fans that saw the big shot live.
Junior forward Nick Jacobs took advantage of his starting role on Tuesday. Jacobs notched 18 points, eight rebounds and one block. Freshman forward Shannon Hale had a big first half and added 15 points, three assists and three rebounds.
The Marshall Henderson show was on full display in Tuscaloosa on Tuesday night. Although Henderson was held to a quiet 14 point night, he hit several big shots to keep the game close.
Henderson is possibly the best spot-up shooter in the game and proved it once again against the Tide.
He seemed to be limited in the early going after colliding with the scorer’s table on the opening tip-off. His limited offensive effort was still able to lead the Rebels.
Sophomore forward Anthony Perez added 13 points and four rebounds in 30 minutes. Junior guard Ladarius White was the only other Rebels’ player in double-digits with 10 points off the bench.
The win marks a big one for the Crimson Tide. Not only did the Tide snap long losing streak, but it also provides some key momentum heading into the final half of the conference schedule.
Alabama head coach Anthony Grant’s decision to go with a smaller lineup paid off against the Rebels. For the second straight game Nick Jacobs got the start at forward over junior Carl Engstrom.
The smaller, hybrid four guard look provides a more athletic set on both sides of the ball. Grant also started defensive specialist Algie Key to match-up one-on-one with Marshall Henderson.
The Crimson Tide will look to roll into the final stretch of the season with some confidence. Alabama has some winnable games ahead on the road against the South Carolina Gamecocks (8–15, 1–9 SEC) and the Texas A&M Aggies (13–10, 4–6 SEC).
The Rebels will look to rebound against the Georgia Bulldogs (12–10, 6–4 SEC) in Athens on February 15.
Saturday’s game will tip-off at 3 p.m. CT against South Carolina at Colonial Life Arena. Television coverage will be provided by your local SEC TV affiliate. Radio coverage, as always, will be provided by your local CTSN affiliate.
Although Trevor Releford’s buzzer-beater didn’t crack the SportsCenter Top Ten, his behind-the-back assist to Nick Jacobs did. The magical pass was named the No. 10 play on Tuesday night’s edition of SportsCenter.
Just in case you missed it, here’s another look at Releford’s buzzer-beater.
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