STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Andersson Garcia made a free throw with 3.7 seconds left and Iverson Molinar had a game-high 24 points for Mississippi State, which held off No. 24 Alabama 78-76 on Saturday night.
Alabama was looking to rebound from its 81-77 loss to rival No. 4 Auburn on Tuesday, but Keon Ellis missed a long 3-pointer just before the buzzer. Jaden Shackelford led Alabama (11-6, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) with 17 points, while Ellis and Darius Miles each had 14 and Charles Bediako had 11 points.
"A great win for us today and a great team effort," Mississippi State coach Ben Howland said. "We knew we were going to get Alabama's best effort and they gave it to us today. Our team in the second half did a great job on the glass and we forced 15 turnovers. I thought our defensive field-goal percentage was outstanding."