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RAPID RECAP: Alabama Falls to Ole Miss in Collin Sexton’s Return

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The Alabama men’s basketball team saw its 4-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday night in Oxford. The Crimson Tide lost 78-66 to Ole Miss despite the return of star freshman Collin Sexton.

Sexton came back from his abdominal injury but saw limited action in his first game off the bench this season. The freshman was just 2-for-13 from the field, scoring 7 points in his return to the court. He entered to the roars of an “overrated” chant from the Ole Miss student section but he made a clear impact in the game. However, it was also clear that Sexton was not playing at 100 percent.

Sexton entered the game for the first time at the 12:59 mark of the first half and quickly energized the Crimson Tide to an 18-2 run. Alabama led by as many as nine points in the first half but it did not last long.

After going almost eight minutes without scoring, the Rebels caught fire over the last 4:45 of the first half. Ole Miss ended the period on a 23-4 run to take a 41-31 lead into the locker room. The hosts held on to the lead throughout the second half, leading by as many as 14 points.

Herbert Jones may have been Alabama’s best player on the night but the freshman dealt with foul trouble throughout the game. Jones played just 22 minutes before fouling out for the second time in three games. While he was on the court, the Crimson Tide outscored their opponents by 9 points. Jones finished with 7 points, 3 assists and 1 steal.

Donta Hall looked better as he continues to recover from wrist surgery. He scored a team-high 14 points but was still limited to just 17 minutes on the court. Hall finished with seven rebounds, including four on the offensive glass.

Alabama shot just 40.3 percent from the floor on the night. The Crimson Tide had 10 more shot attempts than Ole Miss and had six more offensive rebounds but the visitors could not capitalize. Freshman Alex Reese made two 3-pointer but as a team, Alabama was just 6-for-21 from beyond the arc.

Deandre Burnett scored a game-high 24 points for the Rebels. He was 4-for-5 on 3-pointers and 6-for-7 from the free throw line. Terence Davis and Markel Crawford each scored 15 points for Ole Miss.

The game was Alabama’s seventh consecutive loss in Oxford. The Rebels have outscored the Crimson Tide by an average of 8.1 points per game during the streak.

Alabama will return home on Saturday to participate in the SEC-Big 12 challenge. Avery Johnson’s squad will host the nation’s leading scorer Trae Young and No. 12 Oklahoma. The game is scheduled to tip off at 1:15 p.m. CT.

Caleb Turrentine is the editor for Bama Hoops Hype. You can follow him on Twitter for in-game updates at @BamaHoopsHype.

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