TUSCALOOSA -- Trevor Releford’s three-pointer with less than a second on the clock propelled the Crimson Tide to a 67-64 win over Ole Miss on Tuesday.
After two free throws by Ole Miss guard Jarvis Summers with 12 seconds left, Releford took the ball up the floor, passed to Rodney Cooper and got it back at the top of the key. With Marshall Henderson guarding him, Releford drilled the game winner to snap the Tide’s four-game losing skid.
“I saw Marshall try to play over the screen so I just crossed back over and took the shot,” Releford said. “I took what he gave me.”
Releford scored 21 of his 26 points in the second half to lead the Tide to the dramatic victory. Releford played 34 minutes.
“In the first half, I felt like I was struggling,” Releford said. “There was a point where coach took me out and just let me rest for a minute and get my legs back under me. I think that was key because I was a little frustrated with myself. I was able to gather myself and just focus on what I needed to focus on. I think that helped me throughout the rest of the game.”
After leading for much of night, Alabama trailed 55-51 with five minutes to play. Releford scored 14 of the Tide’s final 16 points and had an assist on the other two points.
“I thought Trevor really did an outstanding job of leading our team and willing our team to victory tonight with his efforts,” Tide coach Anthony Grant said.
On the night, 59 of the Tide’s 67 points came from Releford, Nick Jacobs and Shannon Hale. Jacobs put in 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Hale added 15. While Rodney Cooper didn’t have a big scoring night, he pulled down 10 rebounds.
Ole Miss had more turnovers (12) than assists (10). The Tide also dominated Ole Miss in the paint with a 34-18 advantage. Alabama also held a 42-34 rebound edge.
“We got some good efforts from a lot of different guys tonight and I think this team needed a win,” Grant said. “We needed some positive momentum going our way. It’s great to be able to get this win in the fashion that we did.”The Tide (10-14, 4-7 SEC) will hit the road to travel to South Carolina for a matchup with the Gamecocks on Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.