Alabama advances in SEC basketball tournament


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Alabama men’s basketball team won its opening game of the 2017 SEC Tournament, 75-55, over the Mississippi State Bulldogs in Nashville, Tenn., on Thursday afternoon in a second round contest. Redshirt freshman Dazon Ingram led the Tide with 17 points on 7-of-7 shooting from the field while senior Corban Collins added 14 on the strength of four three-pointers. Junior Riley Norris grabbed a game-high seven rebounds.

Alabama (18-13 overall, 10-8 in the SEC) led 34-22 at halftime. The Tide played a clean first half, only turning the ball over twice in the first 20 minutes, the fewest times in a half this season. Ingram scored 10 points while going a perfect 4-of-4 from the field in the first half. Alabama held the Bulldogs to just 33 percent shooting while making 46 percent of its attempts from the field.

Leading 37-27 with 17:58 to play, Alabama put together an 18-0 run that lasted 6:25 as Mississippi State shot 0-of-11 from the field. The run stretched Alabama’s 10-point lead to 28, up 55-27. Alabama would eventually lead by as many 30 points and the Bulldogs never got closer than 18 as the Tide cruised to a second-round SEC Tournament victory.

With the win, Alabama advances to take on No. 4-seed South Carolina tomorrow afternoon. The Tide will tip off 25 minutes after the end of the day’s first game at approximately 2:30 p.m. CT on The SEC Network.