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Keon Ellis helps Alabama No.6 resist Jacksonville state

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Keon Ellis had 20 points and 10 rebounds, giving Alabama No.6’s offense just enough to beat Jacksonville State 65-59 on Saturday night.

Ellis hit four of Alabama’s eight 3-pointers and also had three assists. Jahvon Quinerly added 15 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Crimson Tide (9-2).

Darius Miles scored 10 points off the bench and landed a key block that kept Jacksonville State from shooting less than a possession in the final 30 seconds.

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Alabama goaltender Keon Ellis (14) looks inside as Jacksonville State goalie Jalen Gibbs (22) follows play during the first half of a college basketball game in NCAA, Saturday, December 18, 2021, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
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“Darius was important to us,” said Alabama coach Nate Oats. “We really needed him to shoot, he did it for us, gave us energy, seven rebounds. Different guys are stepping up.”

Jacksonville State (5-6) led for much of the first half, helped by a 15-2 run to take a 20-13 lead. Alabama made three turnovers in 76 seconds and missed seven of eight shots in that run. Quinerly’s 3-point buzzer prevented the Crimson Tide from entering the locker room with a deficit.

Alabama definitely took the lead with Miles’ 3 point halfway through the second half and sidelined Jacksonville State scoring 15 of the next 17 points.

Darian Adams led Jacksonville State with 18 points and seven rebounds. Jalen Gibbs (12) and Kayne Henry (10) joined him in a double-digit score.

SHACKELFORD WITHOUT POINT

Alabama’s Jaden Shackelford came on Saturday as the SEC’s leading scorer, averaging 18.2 per game, but was held scoreless by Jacksonville State. He was 0 for 6 in the field and 0 for 5 in a 3-point range. He contributed four rebounds, two assists and one block in 34 minutes.

“I just thought we closed the gap,” Jacksonville State coach Ray Harper said. “We did a good job getting him to see two on the controls, we were there on the catch. It wasn’t one guy, it was a team effort which we did defensively.”

BIG PICTURE

Alabama were 8 of 30 (26.7%) on 3-point tries, securing a rare victory despite a supbar shot from the depths. He shot 29.4% of the 3-point range in his loss to Iona and 30.3% in Tuesday’s loss to Memphis. Coming in on Saturday, Alabama was 3-2 when shooting 31% or worse from depth.

It was a continuation of the strong 3-point defense of the Gamecocks, who held seven of 11 opponents to less than 31 percent of 3-pointers.

“The shots we were going to give up were the ones in the corners, the flashbacks,” Harper said. “Sometimes you have to choose your poison. You can’t get beaten to the edge, you just can’t do it, and I think we’ve done a good job with that.

“We were willing to adapt if they started doing a lot of 3s, but I don’t think they ever had a pace where I felt like they were really killing us from the 3 point line, so we stayed with what we were to do. “

FOLLOWING

Alabama: hosts Tuesday 8-2 Davidson at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex. The game was originally scheduled to be against Colorado State, but the Rams cannot make the trip due to COVID-19 cases in the schedule. Davidson was a late replacement.

Jacksonville State: Trip to Little Rock Tuesday.

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