Saturday’s Southeastern Conference encounter between the Ole Miss Rebels and Alabama Crimson Tide at Coleman Coliseum was all about emotion and desire. In the first half, it was the Crimson Tide who had the early edge in those two areas as they hit open shots, got to loose balls and built a 20-point lead at the half.In the second half, Ole Miss did a better job of playing with the kind of passion Alabama did in the first half. The Rebels controlled the tempo of the game during the majority of the second half and the improved effort allowed them to cut Alabama’s 47-27 lead at the break to as little as six (65-59) with just over two minutes left in the contest.
But a year after overcoming a 23-point deficit to post a win over Alabama at home, Ole Miss was unable to snatch another game away with a rally and ended up falling 74-64 in front of a crowd of 15,383 and a regional TV audience.
Saturday’s loss ended a three-game winning streak for the Rebels (16-9 overall), who seemed to have a real chance at getting to 5-5 in league play with the way they were playing and Alabama (16-8, 8-2) coming off a tough defeat at Vanderbilt. (February 14, 2011, Page 6A)