By Adam Brown
The Ole Miss Rebels dropped a heartbreaker to the Alabama Crimson Tide 62-57 in Nashville during the second round of the SEC Tournament on Thursday night.
Ole Miss (20-11) came out strong in the first half against the Crimson Tide leading by 14 points behind sophomore Devontae Shuler. Shuler led the Rebels with 14 points.
Head Coach Kermit Davis’ squad had two players reach double figures as Bruce Stevens added 12 points of his own.
Alabama held the SEC leading scoring duo of Breein Tyree (7) and Terence Davis (3) to only 10 points.
Junior Tevin Mack led the Crimson Tide on the floor with 21 points.
In the second half, Ole Miss had a 40-24 advantage. Alabama climbed back into the contest as they went on a 13-0 run and took a 44-43 lead on a Kira Lewis Jr. layup at the 13:16 mark.
Ole Miss and Alabama went back and forth as they traded buckets over the next 12 minutes of action.
The Crimson Tide tied the game at 57 on a bucket at the 1:36 mark, then extend the lead to 60-57 when Shuler missed a three-pointer that would have pulled Ole Miss even in the contest with 20 seconds left.
Ole Miss went 2-for-4 from the free throw line and was held to 38.1 percent from the field by Alabama. The Rebels hit seven of their 26 attempts from beyond the arc on the night.
Ole Miss now prepares to see where they will land in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday during the selection show.