الاباما نے 90 پوائنٹس نائٹ – AL.com کے ساتھ مسیسیپی اسٹیٹ کا سرقہ کیا

الاباما نے 90 پوائنٹس نائٹ – AL.com کے ساتھ مسیسیپی اسٹیٹ کا سرقہ کیا

الاباما نے 90 پوائنٹس نائٹ – AL.com کے ساتھ مسیسیپی اسٹیٹ کا سرقہ کیا


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With a 3-pointer in front of his own bench, John Petty shook a defender and drained the jumper early in the second half Wednesday. It gave Alabama a 15-point lead — a comfortable spot most nights if not for the blown 21-point edge a few days earlier at Florida.

Coleman Coliseum fell silent as Mississippi State made its run from there, cutting it to six with 13 minutes left. The visitors, however, would get no closer.

No blown lead this time.

Alabama pulled away for a 90-69 win after leading by as many as 23 points against a lanky Mississippi State team. It was the fifth straight 90-point game, a first in Alabama program history. The Tide out-rebounded the nation’s leader in rebounding margin 42-38 after only three previous opponents topped the Bulldogs there.

The Crimson Tide (8-6, 1-1 SEC) hit 10 3-pointers and bettered its 83.9 scoring average that ranks 6th nationally.

Mississippi State dropped its second straight game to fall to 9-5 this season.

They did it with timely 3-pointers and taking advantage of Mississippi State mistakes. The Tide outscored MSU 21-9 off turnovers after the Bulldogs committed 11.

It was Petty who did the most damage from deep. He was 4-for-7 to lead five Alabama double-figure scorers with 18. Kira Lewis added 17 as the two Huntsville-area stars teamed up to put away MSU.

Alabama’s lead slipped to 58-52 after the guests went on a 16-7 burst to answer Petty’s 3 and a 15-point hole. Right after the edge slipped to six, a 12-1 run capped by 3s from Petty and Lewis effectively ended it.

“Petty is capable of making tough shots,” Alabama coach Nate Oats said. “What might be a really bad shot for a lot of other guys, isn’t really that bad for him.”

The message was simple when Mississippi State made its run.

“We were telling each other to make sure that we put out the fire,” Alabama forward Galin Smith said. “They started going on a run so we had to make sure we went on our own run.”

The win sends Alabama into a tough stretch with momentum. It travels to Kentucky on Saturday before facing unbeaten, top-5 Auburn on Jan. 15 in Coleman Coliseum.

Alabama was all over the place in the first half, taking an eight-point lead early, then watching MSU scrap back to take the edge with 6:09 left in the half. The Tide hit 3-of-6 from the perimeter building the 22-14 lead before going more than eight minutes without a 3.

That drought ended with a pair of deep jumpers from Petty and Beetle Bolden in a 26-second span. It kickstarted a surge that pushed the Alabama lead to 10.

Smith and Alex Reese also chipped in down low. With two of the conference best rim-protecting shot blockers, MSU caused hesitation by undersized Alabama post players early. Smith responded with a pair of hook shots and Reese delivered a dunk.

The rebounding situation made Oats the happiest. He called that the top priority against a team leading the nation in offensive rebounds. And while MSU still grabbed 15 on the offensive end, Alabama held a 13-11 edge in second-chance points.

“The way our injuries are,” Oats said, “we can’t really do a bunch of rebounding drills in practice at this stage of the season. It was a big point of emphasis in video edits.”

Alabama is now 5-2 since the end of November with only a two-point loss at ranked Penn State and the double-overtime setback at Florida on Saturday.

Michael Casagrande is an Alabama beat writer for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @ByCasagrande or on Facebook.