Mississippi tops Alabama 74-66 in new arena

Fans fill the new Pavilion at Ole Miss during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Mississippi and Alabama in Oxford, Miss., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. This is the first game for the new facility. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – Sebastian Saiz and Stefan Moody both scored 21 points and Mississippi won the first game in its new arena by beating Alabama 74-66 on Thursday night.

Ole Miss (11-3, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) played in front of a sellout crowd of 9,500 at the $96.5 million arena called The Pavilion, which took about 18 months to build. It replaced the outdated Tad Smith Coliseum, where the Rebels had played for nearly 50 years.

Saiz added 16 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end, and shot 8 of 13 from the field.

Alabama (9-4, 0-1) had a 40-32 lead at halftime thanks to a hot shooting touch from 3-point range, but Ole Miss slowly chipped away at the lead and dominated most of the final 10 minutes.

Alabama’s Retin Obasohan led the Crimson Tide with 23 points.

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