Dazon Ingram ignited an Alabama comeback with a pair of critical three-point shots and the Crimson Tide avoided loss to Missouri in Columbia with a 57-54 victory over the Tigers. Ingram scored the last 10 points in the contest for Bama.
The comeback started with Jimmie Taylor grabbing a rebound and making a rocket outlet pass to Ingram, who made a layup, though missing the free throw after he was fouled on the play.
Alabama got a break when an official missed an out-of-bounds call and gave the ball to the Tide. On that trip Ingram hit for three from the corner. Moments later he nailed another three-pointer. He closed out his 10-point down-the-stretch production with a pair of free throws.
Those last free throws were set up when Bola Olaniyan grabbed an offensive rebound off a missed Braxton Key free throw with just over 10 seconds to play and the Tide nursing a one-point lead.
The win was Alabama’s fifth road victory in Southeastern Conference play this year and improved the Tide to 15-10 overall and 8-5 in the SEC, keeping pace with Arkansas in a tie for fourth place in the conference. Missouri, which had won its last two home games, fell to 7-18 overall and 2-11 in the SEC.
Alabama led in the early going, but had a field goal scoring drought of over 11 minutes as the Tigers had a 23-18 halftime lead. Bama had led at 7-6, but did not lead again until the first Ingram three-pointer in the final five minutes.
Alabama went on a 17-12 run coming out of the locker room to tie the score at 35-35 with 11:34 left to play. Missouri replied with a 10-2 run over the next 3:18 to take a 45-37 lead. Alabama bounced back with a 10-2 run of its own to tie the score back at 47-47 with 5:18 left on the clock. The Tide outscored the Tigers 10-7 over the final five minutes of play to pick up the victory.
The Tide shot 48 per cent from the field in the second half, while shooting 38 per cent from beyond the arc. That came after a terrible first half of shooting and for the game the Tide was 36 per cent from the field. Alabama had a slim 39-36 edge in rebounding.
Ingram led the Tide with a game-high and season-high 18 points, while Olaniyan registered a game-high and a season-high in rebounds with 14.
Alabama returns to Coleman Coliseum Saturday, hosting LSU at 2:30 p.m. CST.