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RECAP: Alabama Falls to Mississippi State in Defensive Battle

Alabama Men's Basketball

Another day, another mid-week loss.

Alabama (15-9, 6-5 SEC) dropped its third consecutive mid-week game on Tuesday night in Starkville. Mississippi State beat the Crimson Tide 67-63 and stopped whatever momentum the visitors had after their win against Florida last week.

Avery Johnson’s squad made just two shots in the game’s final five minutes after taking a 1-point lead on a John Petty 3-pointer. The team shot 36.7 percent from the field and finished 3-for-22 from behind the arc.

As a team, Alabama finished with just four assists on the team’s 18 made shots. That’s a season low for the Crimson Tide and they are now 1-5 this season when finishing with less than 10 assists. On a stranger note, Alabama is now 5-8 when finishing with less than 14 turnovers.

Collin Sexton finished as the Tide’s leading scorer but he struggled to find a rhythm with his jumpshot. The freshman scored 18 points on 5-for-16 shooting. He missed all seven of his 3-point attempts, which is the most attempts without a make for him this season. After having career highs in both rebounds and assists in the Tide’s last game, Sexton posted a respectable five rebounds and three assists to go along with a zero turnover performance.

Daniel Giddens had his season-high in points during the Tide’s last meeting with the Bulldogs and he was ready to play on Tuesday. The sophomore forward played just 15 minutes in his 14th start of the season but his offense helped keep Alabama close. Giddens was 4-for-5 from the field and finished with 11 points before fouling out with 6:25 to go in the game.

In a game with 45 total fouls called, the Crimson Tide needed to make free throw shots to stay in the game. Alabama shot 80 percent from the line, making 24 free throws for just the fourth time this season.

Dazon Ingram played in a career-low 12 minutes after dealing with early foul trouble. The sophomore guard could not find any rhythm and finished with zero points for the first time in 64 career games. Ingram attempted just one shot and finished with four turnovers.

Braxton Key put together good minutes off the bench but disappeared down the stretch. Key missed his final six shot attempts and did not score in the game’s final 11 minutes. He finished with 11 points and 6 rebounds.

Mississippi State (18-6, 6-5) was led by the Weatherspoon brothers, who were the only two players to score in double figures for the Bulldogs. Nick scored 18 points while Quinndary added 13 more. The two combined to shoot 12-for-22 from the field.

Alabama will return home on Saturday to face No. 15 Tennessee. The Volunteers sit in second in the SEC and are coming off a win at Rupp Arena on Tuesday night. The game is scheduled to tip off at 5 p.m. CT and will be televised on SEC Network.

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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