The first half was tightly contested throughout the 20 minutes. Both teams suffered extended scoring droughts, as the Golden Eagles went six minutes without a bucket while Alabama failed to hit a shot from the field for the final 5:03. Arthur Edwards paced the offense for Alabama, sinking three attempts from behind the arc for nine points. Southern Miss’ Khari Price would give his team a 30-29 lead going into the locker room after hitting a shot from three-quarter court at the buzzer.
Obasohan made a three to open up the scoring in the second half, but the Golden Eagles would answer with consecutive baskets from deep. Edwards was good on a trey from the corner to give the Tide the lead for good at 44-43. That make was part of a 16-2 Alabama run that featured five made three-pointers and a Southern Miss scoreless streak of exactly eight minutes. The Golden Eagles would hang with the Tide, shrinking a 10-point deficit down to three at 58-55 in the closing seconds. Freshman Dazon Ingram was fouled with nine seconds remaining, but missed both free throws. Southern Miss had two looks at game-tying shots, but could not convert.
For the game, Alabama shot 17-of-40 (42.5 percent) from the field and hauled in 28 rebounds. The Golden Eagles made 21-of-58 (36.2 percent) from the floor and grabbed 35 rebounds. Both teams ended the game 11-for-29 (37.9 percent) from deep and dished out 12 assists. The Tide hit 13 of its 18 free throw attempts while Southern Miss only attempted four foul shots.
Alabama’s next game will be on Sunday, Dec. 13, in Greenville, S.C., against the Clemson Tigers. The game is set for a 5:00 p.m. CT tipoff and will air on ESPNU.