The Alabama Crimson Tide (11–17, 5–10 SEC) was unable to notch a season sweep of the Ole Miss Rebels (17–11, 8–7 SEC) despite a career night from freshman forward Shannon Hale.
A 43–38 halftime deficit proved to be insurmountable for the struggling Crimson Tide on the road at C.M. ‘Tad’ Smith Coliseum.
6-foot–9 forward Shannon Hale displayed on Wednesday night why he was regarded as one of the top recruits in the nation. The freshman from Johnson City, Tenn. exploded for a career-high 27 points and tied a career-high with nine rebounds. Hale was extremely efficient going 7-for–12 from the field and 10-for–11 from the free throw line.
Senior guard Trevor Releford got off to a rocky start and was held scoreless for the first 10 minutes of the game. He was able to rebound and score 16 points, grab five rebounds and total four steals.
Several Alabama players were limited by foul trouble including freshman forward Jimmie Taylor. Taylor picked up four personal fouls in just 11 minutes on the floor.
Junior guard Levi Randolph saw extensive action off the bench for the second straight game. Randolph totaled 30 minutes of play and was the only other Tide player in double-figures with 13 points.
Former walk-on and now scholarship forward Dakota Slaughter saw his first significant in-game action since the conference play began. Slaughter saw six minutes on the floor with Jimmie Taylor in foul trouble and Nick Jacobs still away from the team.
The Crimson Tide had no answer for several of Ole Miss’ key scorers. The Tide once again held senior guard Marshall Henderson in check, but it wasn’t the difference tonight.
The Rebels were able to place four players in double-figures for scoring including sophomore guard Martavious Newby. Newby finished with a double-double off the bench with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Junior guard Jarvis Summers led the Rebels with 20 points and five assists in 38 minutes of play.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Rebels which started with a loss to Alabama on Feb. 11.
Ole Miss will Travel to College Station, Texas to face Texas A&M on March 1.
Alabama will look to redeem a painful loss from early in the conference season on Saturday at home. The Crimson Tide will look to even its series with the Auburn Tigers (13–13, 5–10 SEC). The Tigers defeated the Tide 74–55 in a game postponed due to winter weather on Jan. 30.
Saturday’s game is scheduled to tip-off at 2 p.m. CT. Television coverage will be provided by ESPNU and via the WatchESPN app. Radio coverage, as always will be provided by your local CTSN affiliate.
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