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RAPID RECAP: Alabama Falls to Missouri at Home

Alabama Men's Basketball

TUSCALOOSA – Missouri snapped a three-game losing streak in the perfect, ugly style of basketball that it likes to play. The Tigers beat Alabama 69-60 in Coleman Coliseum on Wednesday night behind strong defensive play and 22 points from Kassius Robertson. The loss snapped the Crimson Tide’s six-game winning streak at home.

Alabama shot just 35.4 percent and was held to just 2 points in the game’s final four minutes. The Crimson Tide has struggled all season with teams that play a slower pace and that continued on Wednesday.

After fueling the Crimson Tide to a win over Oklahoma, the Tuscaloosa crowd did little to bring any early excitement to the arena on Wednesday. And through 15 minutes of basketball, the team was not giving much for them to cheer about. Missouri took its biggest lead of the game on a dunk by Reed Nikko with 5:04 to go in the first half. However, key plays by Dazon Ingram and Collin Sexton helped the hosts finish on a 14-4 run which included a 3-pointer by Sexton at the buzzer.

The Crimson Tide continued their push into the second half and had the game tied with 13:12 remaining in the game. The visitors responded well though and pushed back in front before Alabama could take any control. Jontay Porter hit a 3-pointer to give Missouri a 9-point lead with under five minutes to go in the game.

Alabama shot just 22 percent from the field in the second half and was only in the game because of some favorable whistles. The Crimson Tide shot 21-for-32 free throws in the game, which was 17 more attempts than their opponents.

Collin Sexton was the majority of offense for Alabama in the loss. (Again.) The freshman scored a game-high 23 points, shooting 7-for-16 from the field. Sexton added four rebounds, two assists and just one turnover in 33 minutes on the court.

Dazon Ingram was the only other player that reached double figures for the Crimson Tide. He finished with 10 points on 50 percent shooting but only attempted six shots from the field.

The rest of the team (not including Sexton or Ingram) shot 7-for-26 from the field and 1-for-11 from beyond the arc. The team finished with a season-low six assists.

Alabama dropped to 14-8 on the season and 5-4 in SEC play. The Crimson Tide will now go on the road to face one of the conference’s top teams in Gainesville on Saturday. The game is scheduled to tip off at 3 p.m. CT on ESPN.

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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