Hoops: Alabama 87, MSU 85 (2OT)

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After going 11 years without playing a double-overtime game, MSU has played two in the last 10 days, and lost them both. And in both, Jarvis Varnado fouled out in the first OT. State had absolutely no inside game after he left.

Barry Stewart attempted, and missed, four (after further review) potential game-winning shots in the overtime periods. He finished with a team-high 20 points, but on 6-of-19 shooting (4 of 11 from 3-point range). Dee Bost scored 17, Varnado 16 (to go with 11 rebounds and 8 blocks), and Ravern Johnson 14.

Alonzo Gee scored 28 for Alabama (14-12, 4-8), and his 3-pointer with 1:46 to go in the final OT put the Tide ahead to stay, at 84-82. Senario Hillman added 21 points.

MSU set a school record for 3-point attempts in a game with 39, making just 12 of them (30.8 percent). The Bulldogs were 27 of 80 overall (33.8 percent). Alabama shot 26-66 (39.4) overall and 4 of 11 from 3-point range (36.4).

Some quotes, starting with MSU coach Rick Stansbury:

• “We just didn’t make the right play here or there to win the basketball game. It wasn’t because of a lack of effort, it wasn’t because a lack of fighting. As a coach, that’s all you can ever ask. Everybody’s leaving their heart and soul on the floor again, and we did that.”

• On Stewart’s shots at end: “We just didn’t make the shot either time. That’s what happened both times, regulation and overtime. If he didn’t make the shots, it wasn’t because he didn’t try to make them, I promise you.”

• On how it hurt not having Varnado: “You know the answer to that. Every play without Jarvis is huge.”

From Stewart:

• “I think we played hard. We had plenty of chances to give up tonight, but I think we fought, we just didn’t make those key pays and key stops.”

• On his late miss in second OT: “I wanted to get him leaning, and pull up on him. I had a good look, but it fell short.”

Varnado now:

• On watching from the bench: “I wanted to be out there, but unfortunately I wasn’t. It was real frustrating I couldn’t lead my team to victory.”

And Phil Turner (10 points):

• “We didn’t give up and they didn’t give up. This time, they got the better end of the bargain, but not because we didn’t do all that we could. This time the ball didn’t roll in our favor. Next time we’ll get them, in the tournament or whenever we see them again.”

Finally, Alabama coach Phillip Pearson:

• On Gee: “I was so happy for him. He works so hard after practice. He’s usually the last guy to leave the gym.”

• On Varnado: ” How many more shots did he change, 18? He’s so long, and he’s been around the league enough, with experience, he knows where he can play, pick his spots, what he can get away with.”

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16 Responses to “Hoops: Alabama 87, MSU 85 (2OT)”

  1. thespear Says:

    cant blame barry we worked hard today

  2. thespear Says:

    correction he*

  3. s084swd Says:

    Lets hope we can rebound better from this one than the last. We still have some ball to play and some opportunities ahead. We have to put this one behind us ASAP and move forward. Hopefully, we’ll learn from these experiences and get better.

  4. imabulldog Says:

    Either way, this game cost us dearly.

    After we were half way thru the SEC play and we were looking at the rest of our schedule- there’s no way we put this down as a loss. And I have to say that of our remaining schedule- we have lost 2 of the easiest 3 that were left!

    Bye-bye dance hopes, unless the tourney is kind to us, otherwise- we get xtra spring practice for next year in the NIT.

    We needed this one

  5. maxdawg Says:

    Will someone tell me when this wasn’t a normal thing for a Dawg fan to have to stress this much on a regular basis.

  6. imabulldog Says:

    At least in the realm of basketball…can’t tell you…we are suckin

  7. imabulldog Says:

    • “I think we played hard. We had plenty of chances to give up tonight, but I think we fought, we just didn’t make those key pays and key stops.”

    So maybe Stewart should insert ”I” instead of WE. Wasn’t there, but kept up with the play by play on phone.

    What’s your opinion BL?

  8. benzadawgfan Says:

    I’m impressed we were able to stay so close shooting 30 pct from 3. Same old story. This team needs a run on the 3 like they had just before SEC play and the first few SEC games during the conference tourney. If they could stay hot, they could even make some noise in the big dance. Taking that many shots from 3 is saying if we can’t hit the three, we give up! I still don’t understand why our shooters so rarely take a 15 to 18 ft. jumper. We oughta be able to hit 40 pct of those consistently.

  9. midnightdawg Says:

    Can’t take credit by a longshot (pun intended) for the adage “live by it, die by it” (3 pointer) but I HAVE been preaching!

    This year (SEC Tourney) or next year, we need 1) a big to step up compliment JV in the middle, on both sides of the ball. I think Osby is that guy. That’s the “easy” part.

    2) We need a backcourt guy who is a SCORER, can create his own shot. I’m not talking bout a jumpshooter, we’ve got plenty of those. I still believe that if Kodi gets his mind right he can be that guy, otherwise, I’m sure Stans is working on developing/recruiting someone else.

    We’ve got Swat for one more year (WE hope). Not giving up on this season, but I believe ’10 is our best shot if Osby develops and we find that other weapon on offense

  10. JB Says:

    A taxi cab driver got a call to pick up someone from the
    airport. When he got there, he was surprised to see a nun
    waiting for the taxi. As she climbed into the car and gave
    the driver the address, the driver noticed how beautiful she
    was. As he drove on, he kept looking into his rear-view
    mirror at her. The nun couldn’t help but notice him looking
    at her. Finally, the cab driver said, “You know, Sister, I
    think you’re really quite beautiful.”

    “Well, thank you,” she answered.

    The driver went on, “I’ve always had a fantasy of kissing a
    nun.”

    “Really?” she asked. “Well, then, pull over.” The driver did
    so. Then the nun asked him a few questions. “Are you
    married?” she asked.

    “No,” said the driver.

    “Are you Catholic?”

    “Yes,” the man nodded.

    “Well, all right then,” she said and stepped out of the car
    and gave him a big kiss on the lips.

    The driver felt so ashamed that he decided to tell her the
    truth. “Sister, I have to tell you the truth: I AM married
    and I’m NOT Catholic.”

    “That’s okay,” smiled the nun. “My name’s Henry and I’m
    going to a Halloween party!”

  11. imabulldog Says:

    Midnight I really think that scorer is Ravern…he just has to either get it in his head, or be given the ‘green’ light by Stanz, or whatever-but he is the guy, and can be the guy. I’d give him free reign of the court, and he could probably average at least 20 a night-IF and only IF we turn him loose and IF he realizes we need more from him.

    He has complete potential to be a guy that takes over a game

  12. midnightdawg Says:

    I agree about the “potential” of Ravern, Ima. The guy I’m touting for that role has displayed only that. Potential. Ravern seems to have settled into a spot up shooter role, ala BHans. He’s better than that. Don’t know if it’s coaching, the off scheme, or the individual.

    Think we’ll be dynamite with a combo of a progressed, er, DEVELOPED frontcourt of JV/ Osby. Bost unselfishly leading the team at the point is HUGE. With those three established, the stage will be set for “that guy” that can score at will. we’ll see

  13. imabulldog Says:

    We know he can drive, he can dunk, lay it up, and he can knock down the 3.

    -Where is the Ray we saw last year, driving the baseline and ‘killin’ the rim with a dunk?

    Like we both said, whether its scheme or coaching, it needs to change, otherwise next year will end up like this year

  14. calebford Says:

    Anyone who cannot see that Barry Stewart is horrible and that Dee Bost needs to get the ball at the end of the game obviously knows very little about the game of basketball and the talent level in the SEC. Barry is a liability EVERYTIME he touches the ball. He cannot make a contested layup and air balls about 25% of the shots he does take. Bost did all he could to keep us in the game at Bama but Barry tried to be the hero as he always does and lost the game for us. I cant wait for Barry’s graduation because Stansbury’s man crush on him has cost us countless games.

  15. calebford Says:

    By the way Barry did score 20 points which may look good at first until you realize he fogged up 19 shots. Dee scored 3 less points while shooting seven less times. He drags us down. We would have gained much more from this season letting Osby start with Vernardo and play Bost, Ravern, and Phil as the guards.

  16. midnightdawg Says:

    Caleb-
    Think B.S. is playing his heart out. That said, I do like your suggested lineup. Guess it depends on just how developed Osby is at this point. I’m guessing he’s not that far along yet, otherwise Stans would’ve done something similar by now. You know it’s killing him going small, but he’s doing what he thinks gives us the best chance to win. Our team is overachieving vs. preseason expectations. Let’s see how these guys develop, hope for a great SEC + run this year, and look forward optimisticly (can’t spell it, my friends would find that ironic) to 2010

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