- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Trevor Releford brought Alabama to the brink of a much-needed win, and then delivered it.

Releford made a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 0.6 seconds left to lift the Crimson Tide to a 67-64 victory over Mississippi on Tuesday night.

“We needed this one bad,” he said. “This was huge.”

The Tide’s top player took over down the stretch.

Releford scored 21 of his 26 points in the second half before delivering the final shot that helped snap a four-game losing streak for the Tide (10-14, 4-7 Southeastern Conference).

He accounted for 14 of Alabama’s 16 points over the final 5 minutes with an assist on the other basket.

Jarvis Summers had tied the game on two free throws with 13 seconds left for the Rebels (16-8, 7-4). Then Releford brought the ball across midcourt, passed once and got it right back.

He fired the ball over Ole Miss’ sharpshooter Marshall Henderson to deliver the win for a team that had dropped six of its last seven games.

“That was a big-time shot,” Alabama coach Anthony Grant said. “In the second half, and really in the last 10 minutes of the game, he really stepped up and put the team on his back.

“He made some plays that were tremendous.”

Nick Jacobs added 18 points and eight rebounds for Alabama while Shannon Hale scored 15. Releford made 8 of 9 free throws.

Henderson led Ole Miss with 14 points on 4-of-14 shooting from 3-point range after scoring 29 and hitting eight 3s in a win over Missouri. He missed his only attempt from inside the 3-point line while Alabama switched defenders up on him with big men and guards alike.

“We’ve seen almost everything as it relates to Marshall, and we challenged him,” Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. “He shot three free throws in this game. That’s the first time he’s been to the free-throw line on the road in our last four games, and that was being fouled on a 3-point shot so it doesn’t really count.

“We told him if they’re doing that and you’ve got a big on you, you’ve got to drive to the basket. He chose to shoot 4 for 15.”

Anthony Perez added 13 points and LaDarius White had 10 points and eight rebounds.

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