Alabama promotes Mike Locksley to OC, adds two more coaches

Isaac Cain
January 22, 2018

While with the Crimson Tide, Locksley has been credited with helping institute numerous team's run-pass option and designed quarterback run plays that have been instrumental to the team's offensive success with Hurts at quarterback.

"They jumped on us early and that hurt us", said Mississippi State coach Ben Howland. "I thought we turned that around in the second half with our comeback".

The advantage continued to balloon as the Mississippi State turnovers piled up, including four in the first five minutes of action, leading to a 9-2 run over a almost 2-minute span gave Alabama a 19-point lead (33-14) with 5:40 remaining.

Alabama shot poorly from the foul line (57 percent) but committed only 11 turnovers and held the Bulldogs to 38 percent shooting.

Tyson Carter's 3-pointer was MSU's lone score for the first 6:61 of play and missed seven straight behind the arc afterward.

Locksley has been with the Crimson Tide since 2016.

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Alabama was without star freshman Collin Sexton (abdominal) for the second straight game. Lamar Peters connected on three consecutive 3-pointers during State's scoring surge. "We've got more ball handlers in Year 3 than we've had in our first two years, so I don't think you can necessarily key in on one guy".

The teams were then tied at 54, 58 and 60 but the Bulldogs could never grab a lead. Dazon Ingram hit four clutch free throws.

While Sexton remains a "game-time decision" to play against Mississippi State, according to Johnson, Hall "should be available" after returning to action in a limited role Wednesday, just five days after undergoing wrist surgery. Daniel Giddens added 13 points and four boards.

The Tide rebuilt the lead to 17 before Peters heated up.

Also a note, junior guard Xavian Stapleton sat out this game with a one-game suspension.

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