8:00 PM ET, February 28, 2007
Coleman Coliseum, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Mykal Riley hit a late 3-pointer and freshman Mikhail Torrance scored all eight of his points in the final 5 minutes, helping Alabama pull away for a 69-58 victory over Mississippi on Wednesday night.The Crimson Tide (20-9, 7-8 Southeastern Conference), which never trailed by more than a point, remained in the hunt for the Western Division title after losing four of its previous five games.The Rebels (18-10, 7-8) closed to within 56-53 on Bam Doyne's jumper with 2:46 to play, but Alabama ended the game on a 13-5 run.Riley got the decisive spurt started with a 3 from the left corner. Then, Torrance hit four straight free throws to extend the Tide's margin.It was a big win for Alabama, which was playing without injured point guard Ronald Steele and has fallen from seemingly an NCAA tournament lock to a bubble team. Steele watched the game from the bench with a sore left knee.Ole Miss also remains alive for at least a share of the division title but has now lost two straight.Riley finished with 13 points after going 0-for-6 from 3-point range in the first half. Alonzo Gee had 12 points and 10 rebounds. He and Riley both had just two points at halftime, when Alabama missed all 11 3-point tries.The Tide went 6-for-9 from long-range in the second half.The Tide's only senior Jermareo Davidson had 12 points in his home finale, as did Richard Hendrix.Clarence Sanders led Ole Miss with 18 points, but made just 3-of-14 3-pointers. Dwayne Curtis had 12 points and 10 rebounds.Doyne got in early foul trouble and had just four points, 11 below his season average.The Rebels were just 7-of-30 from 3-point range but outshot Alabama 39 percent to 37 percent.The difference was on the boards. Alabama grabbed 20 offensive rebounds and held a 48-37 advantage.The Rebels got off to a horrible start, scoring only four points and shooting 2-for-12 in the first 10 minutes to fall behind 14-4.Alabama salvaged a 24-23 halftime lead when Riley hit two free throws with 3.4 seconds left after grabbing an offensive rebound. The only thing that kept Alabama ahead was offensive rebounds with all but nine points coming on second-chance points in the half.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||24-61 (.393)||24-65 (.369)|
|3P Made-Attempted||7-30 (.233)||6-20 (.300)|
|FT Made-Attempted||3-6 (.500)||15-21 (.714)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||22 (0/0)||10 (0/0)|