Grant explains game-ending strategy in hoops game story

Take a read over the basketball game story from Alabama’s road loss at Mississippi State. Questions are answered.

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Leave it to a guy named Bryant to sink Alabama.

Mississippi State reserve Brian Bryant scored all of his five points in the closing 10 seconds to beat the Crimson Tide 56-52 in a packed and lively Humphrey Coliseum.

The final fury capped a 14-4 run in the last 4:30 when the No. 20-ranked Bulldogs found their shooting touch. After missing their first 14 attempts from 3-point range, the hosts got three straight from Dee Bost in a three-minute span to turn a four-point deficit into the final lead change of the night.

Still, Alabama (13-4, 2-1 SEC) had a chance to extend its five-game winning streak. After Bryant’s first layup put Mississippi State up 53-50 with 10.1 seconds left, the Tide wanted to push the ball. The hosts had just five fouls before Andrew Steele was slapped near the Tide bench with 7.9 seconds left.

“The thought then, with more fouls to give, they could be really aggressive to take away the 3,” Alabama coach Anthony Grant said. “I didn’t want us to jack one up and get a bad shot. So, I figured we’d be better off trying to attack the rim and try to get a quick score and put ourselves in position to make a play in the end.”

Freshman Trevor Lacey’s layup with 3.4 seconds left forced Mississippi State (15-2, 2-1 SEC) to throw in from under the Tide basket.

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