Mississippi defeats Alabama 60-51
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Terrance Henry scored 10 points and blocked a 3-point shot in the final 30 seconds to help preserve Mississippi's 60-51 win over Alabama on Saturday in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Jarvis Summers and LaDarius White added 10 points apiece for the Rebels (18-12, 8-8 Southeastern Conference), who have won three straight and snapped Alabama's four-game winning streak. Ole Miss will be the No. 7 seed in the SEC tournament.
Ole Miss plays No. 10 seed Auburn on Thursday for the third time, as each team won at home. Auburn defeated the Rebels 69-68 in double overtime before the Rebels won 61-54.
Alabama will face No. 12 seed South Carolina on Thursday. The Gamecocks won 56-54 at home in the only meeting this season between the two clubs.
Ole Miss shot 21 of 49 from the field (42.9 percent) and struggled at the free-throw line, hitting only 16 of 34 (47 percent). But the Rebels turned the ball over only seven times against consistent full-court pressure from Alabama.
Ole Miss led 28-17 at halftime on the strength of a 14-2 run in the final seven minutes of the half. Henry highlighted the outburst with seven points and an assist. Alabama managed only 1 of 15 from the field during the decisive Ole Miss outburst.
Alabama pulled within four points on two occasions in the second half, the final time at 43-39 after a 3-pointer by Releford with 10:05 left. Alabama trailed 55-50 after a layup by Green with 2:34 remaining, but followed with a turnover and four missed shots from the field.
The Crimson Tide was 19 of 55 (34.5 percent), from the field and 8 of 14 (57.1 percent) from the free-throw line. Alabama, with Green and Jacobs combining for 21 rebounds, won the rebounding battle 42-38 but turned the ball over 13 times.
Updated March 3, 2012