GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Mississippi State 78, Alabama 76

By PAUL JONES
Associated Press

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Andersson Garcia made a free throw with 3.7 seconds left and Iverson Molinar had a game-high 24 points for Mississippi State, which held off No. 24 Alabama 78-76.

Alabama was looking to rebound from its 81-77 loss to rival No. 4 Auburn on Tuesday, but Keon Ellis missed a long 3-pointer just before the buzzer. Jaden Shackelford led Alabama (11-6, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) with 17 points, while Ellis and Darius Miles each had 14 and Charles Bediako had 11 points.

The Bulldogs (12-4, 3-1 ) beat the Crimson Tide for the fourth time in the last five meetings in Starkville. Molinar also had six rebounds and four assists, while Garrison Brooks had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Shakeel Moore added 15 points.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair featuring 15 lead changes and five ties. Mississippi State held a 36-33 advantage late in the half, but Alabama closed the half on an 8-1 run and held a 41-37 advantage at halftime.

A combined 25 fouls were called in the first half for 32 free-throw attempts.


Alabama
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
N. Gurley F 13 1-2 0-0 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 2 5 2
C. Bediako C 21 3-5 5-6 0-0 1-6 2 1 1 0 1 11
K. Ellis G 34 3-10 5-5 3-6 2-7 3 1 2 1 4 14
J. Shackelford G 32 6-16 4-5 1-9 1-5 1 0 2 1 0 17
J. Quinerly G 23 1-5 3-4 0-2 1-1 2 0 0 4 3 5
J. Davison   30 2-4 0-0 1-3 0-1 2 0 0 3 3 5
D. Miles   20 4-7 4-4 2-4 4-6 1 0 0 2 1 14
J. Rojas   17 1-4 3-4 1-2 2-2 0 0 2 1 4 6
J. Gary   8 1-3 0-0 0-2 0-0 0 1 0 1 4 2
J. Holt   2 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-1 1 0 0 0 1 0
Totals   200 22-56
(.393)
24-28
(.857)
8-29
(.276)
13-32 12 3 7 15 26 76


Mississippi State
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
G. Brooks F 33 6-12 4-6 0-3 5-10 0 1 1 0 2 16
D. Jeffries F 23 2-6 0-1 1-4 0-2 1 1 1 2 2 5
T. Smith F 20 2-6 2-2 0-0 3-4 0 0 0 2 5 6
I. Molinar G 35 8-17 7-8 1-2 1-6 4 0 2 3 2 24
S. Moore G 26 3-10 9-9 0-4 1-5 1 0 1 1 2 15
A. Garcia   24 2-4 4-8 0-1 3-7 1 0 2 2 2 8
C. Matthews   23 1-2 2-4 0-0 4-5 1 0 1 1 4 4
R. Watts   8 0-2 0-0 0-2 0-0 1 0 0 1 0 0
J. Davis   5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 1 2 0
D. Fountain   2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Carter   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 24-59
(.407)
28-38
(.737)
2-16
(.125)
18-43 9 2 8 13 21 78
Officials: Terry Wymer, Chuck Jones, Todd Austin




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