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Coleman Coliseum - Tuscaloosa, AL

Mississippi State picks up 67-61 win at Alabama

1676 days ago
Associated Press

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 15 points and Mississippi State beat Alabama 67-61 Saturday for the Bulldogs' second-straight Southeastern Conference upset.

Weatherspoon played a pivotal role in both of the week's wins. The Bulldogs (12-14, 5-9 SEC) fought off a second-half rally by the Crimson Tide (16-10, 7-7), which had won five straight league games to shoulder its way squarely into the NCAA Tournament conversation.

Weatherspoon, who had 24 points and the game-winning 3-pointer in Tuesday night's victory over Vanderbilt, made 3 of 4 from long range to help end that hot streak.

Craig Sword scored 13 points and Gavin Ware fought through foul trouble for 12. Guard I.J. Ready had 10 points while subbing for an injured Malik Newman.

Retin Obasohan and Shannon Hale scored 22 points apiece for the Tide, while their teammates produced a combined 17.

Mississippi State had rallied from 17 down against Vanderbilt but was in control much of the way in this one.

Hale and Obasohan combined for nine straight Alabama points to lead the Tide back from a seven-point deficit over the final seven minutes.

Hale had a basket and foul shot and then Obasohan hit 1 of 2 free throws after getting a do-over thanks to a lane violation. Then Obasohan passed to a cutting Jimmie Taylor for a basket to pull Alabama to within 58-57 with 4:23 to play.

Playing with four fouls, Ware answered with two straight baskets and Ready added a jumper to keep Alabama at bay. Obasohan missed three of four foul shots down the stretch.

Alabama was 11 of 21 from the line, 6 of 13 in the second half. The Tide also missed nine of its 11 3-point attempts after halftime.

Obasohan also had six rebounds and three assists after pouring in a career-high 35 points Wednesday night at LSU.

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TIP INS

Mississippi St: Snapped a six-game losing streak to Alabama and a six-game skid at Coleman Coliseum. ... The Bulldogs made 26 of 53 shots (49 percent).

Alabama: Was seeking its first six-game SEC win streak since 2004-05. ... Starting forward Riley Norris didn't attempt a shot or score.

NEWMAN OUT

Mississippi State played without sharp-shooting freshman Malik Newman, who was out with a back injury. Ready took his place and had three assists and a pair of steals with no turnovers.

UP NEXT

Mississippi State visits Texas A&M Wednesday night.

Alabama visits No. 14 Kentucky Tuesday night.