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Alabama Men’s Basketball Tops Mississippi State, 68-58, in SEC Opener...

on Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Crimson Tide Men's Basketball:

The Alabama men's basketball team defeated the Mississippi State Bulldogs, 68-58, to begin Southeastern Conference play on Tuesday night at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, Miss. 

With the victory, the Crimson Tide claimed its fourth consecutive victory in Humphrey Coliseum for the first time in school history and defeated the Bulldogs for the seventh time in its last eight games.

Redshirt freshman Dazon Ingram led the Tide with 13 points, nine rebounds and four assists, while sophomore Avery Johnson Jr. also had 13 points to go along with five boards. Junior Riley Norris added 11 points to give the Tide three players in double figures.

"We got off to a really slow start tonight," head coach Avery Johnson said. "We couldn't dig in defensively, but we started to get into a rhythm somewhere after the 15-minute mark in the first half. Our guys just locked in defensively, and it was fun to watch."

"We went into halftime with a 12-point lead, and I didn't know if that was good or bad," Johnson said. "Sometimes we can't protect leads, but we showed some maturity tonight. I thought that our non-conference portion of the schedule was strong enough that we could survive some adversity through the course of a game, and we did that tonight. 

We finished the game strong, and I thought these two guys (Riley Norris and Dazon Ingram) played some outstanding defense on some perimeter players from Mississippi State. I'm really proud of our team and our coaching staff for getting our players ready to play."

Alabama shot 44 percent from the field in the 40 minute contest and dominated the rebounding game by an imposing 43-26 margin. The Tide scored 38 of its points in the paint, while limiting the opposition to just 24 points in the lane.

The Tide will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 7, when it hosts the Vanderbilt Commodores at Coleman Coliseum for its SEC home opener. The contest is set to broadcast on ESPNU at 6 p.m. CT.

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