Jan 19, 2020 3:31 AM

Mizzou falls at Alabama 88-74

Posted Jan 19, 2020 3:31 AM

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama made 3-pointers early, overcame foul trouble late and took advantage of Missouri's shooting struggles everywhere but the free throw line.

John Petty scored 20 points and Alex Reese and Jaden Shackelford each had 17 to lead the Crimson Tide to an 88-74 victory over Missouri on Saturday. The Tigers made all 31 free throw attempts, the most a Southeastern Conference team has taken without a miss.

"That's a pretty crazy stat," Alabama coach Nate Oats said. "For us to still win by 14 when they set an SEC record for number of free throws made 100 percent, that speaks a lot to what else we were doing well, because we didn't do a very good job keeping them off the free throw line."

The Tide (10-7, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) built a 12-point second-half lead and then withstood challenges to punctuate a week that included handing No. 4 Auburn its first loss. The final margin was the game's biggest.

Missouri (9-8, 1-4) pulled to within three points several times, the last on Reed Nikko's basket with 6:34 left. That was as close as the Tigers could come despite all that success at the line.

The league's previous high for free throw perfection came when Florida made all 27 attempts against Tennessee in 1994.

"I told the guys I'm happy that they did that," Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin said. "I'm very impressed with that, because we spend so much time as a staff on really driving the ball. A lot of stuff we got at the rim. We made the free throws. That's not easy. They did that."

Petty scored nine points down the stretch for the Tide. He and Reese each made four 3-pointers with Petty's biggest a quick one from the top of the key late.

"Coach gives us the green light to shoot 3s in transition if we're open," Petty said. "I really just walked up and I saw (the defender's) feet within the 3-point line and I shot it with confidence."

Herb Jones had 11 points and 12 rebounds for Alabama. Kira Lewis scored 10 points and had seven assists but also turned it over six times.

Dru Smith led Missouri with 18 points and six rebounds. Mark Smith scored 15. Kobe Brown and Xavier Pinson each added 11 points.

The style played mostly in Alabama's favor in a matchup of the nation's No. 4 scoring offense for the Tide and the SEC's top defensive team. The Tigers, who came in allowing 59.7 points per game, gave up a season-high.

They hadn't given up more than 77 in a game.

Petty went scoreless for the first nine minutes and then hit three 3-pointers over the next 2:07 for the Tide. He got hot again late, scoring on a drive, two free throws, a 3-pointer and a jumper.

The Tigers went a span of 10 minutes, 47 seconds in between baskets in the first half. Pinson snapped the drought with a layup he turned into a three-point play after a foul.


Missouri: Missed 10 straight shots in the first half but the Tigers did hit all 21 free throw attempts. Shot 31% (19 of 61) from the field.

Alabama: Finished off a big week after Wednesday's 83-64 romp over No. 4 Auburn. Made 11 3-pointers in the first half before cooling off with two after the half.

FREEBIES Pinson went to the foul line nine times for Missouri and Dru Smith seven. Eight players hit free throws for the Tigers.


Lewis picked up his fourth foul with 9:48 left on his second charge. Fellow guard James Bolden fouled out 42 seconds later, followed not long after by Herbert Jones getting No. 4.

"We went a few minutes there without (Lewis)," Oats said. "Kira's not one that typically picks up a lot of fouls. I was hoping he could finish the game without picking that fifth one up. He was smart. He had some maturity about him playing with four fouls."


Missouri: Hosts Texas A&M on Tuesday night.

Alabama: Visits Vanderbilt on Wednesday night.

--- Associated Press ---

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Dotson returns as No. 6 KU wins at Texas 66-57

AUSTIN, Texas -- Devon Dotson's left hip looks fine. And that's good news for No. 6 Kansas.
Dotson returned to the lineup after sitting out a game with a hip pointer injury and gave the Jayhawks a big late 3-pointer and free throws down the stretch to lead Kansas over Texas 66-57 on Saturday.
Dotson scored 21 points, including the final seven of the game for the Jayhawks. His long 3-pointer with 2:49 put Kansas ahead by eight and four straight free throws in the final 39 seconds closed out the win.
"If we played without him today, we would not have won," Kansas coach Bill Self said.
Dotson played nearly 39 minutes and afterward said he felt good.
"It felt great," Dotson said. "Coming in, there were no restrictions. When I'm out there playing, I have no excuses. I'm getting treatment. It's gonna be fine."
Udoka Azubuike scored 17 points and a burst from him early in the second half allowed Kansas (14-3, 4-1 Big 12) to take the lead.
Kansas closed the game with a 12-3 run that started with consecutive baskets from Marcus Garrett. The Jayhawks got a big break when Garrett was initially called for a charge, but the foul was quickly reversed. The layup counted, Garrett made the free throw and Jayhawks led 59-54 before Dotson closed it out.
Garrett had a scary moment earlier when he landed hard after an off-balance shot attempt. He stayed on the floor for several minutes and then briefly went to the Kansas locker room. He returned a few minutes later and made the big plays.
"That was a remarkable recovery," Self said. "I think (the fall) scared him more than anything else."
Dotson's 3-pointer was just the second of the game for Kansas, the best-shooting team in the Big 12 from long range. Kansas attempted only 10, opting instead for Dotson and Garrett to drive or to push the ball inside to Azubuike, who was locked in a battle under the basket with Texas' Jericho Sims.
Sims scored a career-high 20 points for the Longhorns (12-5, 2-3) and tied the game at 54-all. Texas gave him little help from the outside. After averaging 12.5 3-pointers in their previous two games, the Longhorns were just 6 of 20 on Saturday.
"Those two (Sims and Azubuike) canceled each other out," Texas coach Shaka Smart said. "Their guards were the biggest difference in the game."
Kansas: Saturday was the eighth time the Jayhawks made four or fewer 3-pointers and the third time in Big 12 play. Isaiah Moss, who started in Dotson's place against Oklahoma and made six, took and made only one in 32 minutes against the Longhorns.
"Its going to catch up to us," Self said. "We were fortunate today. We've got to be a team that knock (them) down. We're not going to shoot as many at most."
Texas: The Longhorns let what would've been a big upset get away. A win could have changed a lot for the Longhorns going forward, but instead Texas now has two home losses in its first five Big 12 games. The inconsistency of the 3-point shooting continues to be baffling. In all three Big 12 losses, Texas has made six or fewer from long range.
"This a game you've got to seize, that you've got to grab," Smart said.
Texas guard Andrew Jones scored eight consecutive points for Texas in the first half in a 13-1 run that opened an eight-point lead. Jones didn't score again and missed all four of his shots in the second half.
Smart lamented that Texas didn't build a bigger lead. The Jayhawks pulled the game back within six by halftime.
"For it to be six at halftime, that's a good half, but the way that we defended," Smart said. "But if that lead is 10 or 12, that's a big difference."
The game had an extended break in the second half when a fan collapsed behind the Texas bench during a timeout. Emergency officials had to move several chairs off the Texas bench to take her out of the arena across the court on a stretcher.
Texas officials didn't release any further information on the incident or the women's condition.
Kansas hosts Kansas State on Tuesday.
Texas plays at No. 12 West Virginia on Monday.
--- Associated Press ---