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No. 7 Alabama coasts to win over Ole Miss

Jan 3, 2023; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide forward Brandon Miller (24) drives to the basket against Mississippi Rebels guard Matthew Murrell (11) during the first half at Coleman Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Miller scored 17 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and No. 7 Alabama routed Ole Miss 84-62 in an SEC game Tuesday night in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Mark Sears added 16 points, Jaden Bradley scored 14, Jahvon Quinerly had 11 and Noah Clowney 10 for the Crimson Tide (12-2, 2-0), who shot 46 percent (29 of 63) from the floor, 45 percent (9 of 20) on 3-pointers and 68 percent (17 of 25) on free throws.

Alabama opened a 21-point halftime lead and was never threatened in the second half.

Jaemyn Brakefield scored 14 points, Daeshun Ruffin added 13 and Theo Akwuba had 11 to lead the Rebels (8-6, 0-2), who lost for the sixth time in eight games and fell to 0-2 in road games this season.

Ole Miss shot 35 percent (24 of 69) from the floor, 8 percent (2 of 24) on 3-pointers and 71 percent (12 of 17) on free throws.

Akwuba’s basket started the second-half scoring and pulled the Rebels within 44-25, but the Crimson Tide scored the next five points.

Alabama extended the lead to as many as 27 points and coasted to victory.

Ole Miss took an 8-5 lead as Alabama made just two field goals in the first 5½ minutes of the game.

Bradley made two free throws to put the Crimson Tide in front and Clowney’s 3-pointer helped them take a four-point lead.

The Rebels closed within two points before Alabama scored seven consecutive points.

Ruffin’s basket pulled Ole Miss within 21-14 and it got within seven points once more before the Tide extended the lead.

Noah Gurley and Sears each made a 3-pointer as Alabama took a 31-16 lead.

The Rebels trimmed the lead to 12 before going scoreless for the final 3:12 of the half. Miller scored four points during a 9-0 run that gave the Crimson Tide a 44-23 halftime lead.

–Field Level Media