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Brandon Miller paces No. 4 Alabama past No. 25 Missouri


Brandon Miller collected 20 points and 12 rebounds to lift No. 4-ranked Alabama to a 72-61 win over No. 25 Missouri in a Southeastern Conference tournament semifinal clash Saturday in Nashville, Tenn.

Noah Clowney added 19 points and Charles Bediako 10 as the top-seeded Crimson Tide (28-5) advanced to the title game on Sunday. They will face second-seeded Texas A&M (25-8), which beat sixth-seeded Vanderbilt 87-75 in the other semifinal Saturday.

D’Moi Hodge recorded 21 points and nine rebounds, DeAndre Gholston scored 17 and Noah Carter had 10 to lead the fourth-seeded Tigers (24-9). Missouri made its deepest run in the tournament since joining the SEC for the 2012-13 season.

Missouri attempted 11 more field goals than Alabama but shot just 33.8 percent from the floor compared with 49.1 percent for the Tide.

Hodge made a 3-pointer and Gholston converted a 3-point play to start the second-half scoring and give Missouri a 35-31 lead.

Miller answered with the Tide’s first points on a 3-point play, and his 3-pointer completed an 8-0 run that gave Alabama a 44-39 advantage.

Carter answered with a 3-pointer, but Miller and Noah Gurley made back-to-back 3-pointers to increase the Tide’s lead to 52-42.

Hodge scored four straight points to trim the lead to six, and Missouri got within six twice more.

But Clowney made a 3-pointer and Bediako added a jumper to put Alabama in control with a 64-53 lead with 3:30 remaining.

The score was tied at seven before Jalen Bradley made two layups and Miller made one.

The Tigers got within one point before Clowney made a layup and added a 3-pointer to help Alabama open a 20-12 lead.

The Tide’s biggest lead of the half was 10 points on two occasions before Missouri finished with a push.

Carter and Gholston made back-to-back 3-pointers, and Hodge added a 3-pointer just before the buzzer to trim Alabama’s lead to 31-29 at halftime.

–Field Level Media

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