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Ole Miss and Mississippi State make a quick exit from the SEC Basketball Tournament

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Ole Miss (20-12) had visions of winning the SEC Tournament and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.  That vision disappeared Thursday night in a second-round game Thursday night in Nashville.  The Rebels are now hoping to receive an invite to the NIT.

12th seed Alabama (18-13) upset the 7th seeded Rebels 81-73.  Stefan Moody gave his all drilling 39 points and connected on 8 of 17 three-point attempts. Moody, the two-time Howell Trophy winner made 12 of 27 shots, including an SEC record-tying eight 3-pointers.

The Tide was red-hot from the three-point stripe having connected on 12 of 24 attempts.  

Mississippi State (14-17) trailed the Georgia Bulldogs by 16 points in the second half. The 11th seeded Bulldogs from Mississippi rallied and trailed 68-64 with 7:04 remaining.

No. 6 seed Georgia would hold off Mississippi State and ousted the Bulldogs from the SEC Tournament 79-69.  

Senior Craig Sword closed out his MSU career with 19 points.  Fred Thomas hit four 3-point baskets to finish with 17 points in his final game for the Maroon and White.

J.J. Frazier led Georgia with 28 points and Yante Maten added 20 points.

Coach Ben Howland completed his first season at Mississippi State and watched his Bulldogs win five of its final eight conference regular-season games after starting off SEC play with a 2-8 record.

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