NASHVILLE — The entire crowd was on its feet for Stefan Moody, but he didn’t notice.
Ole Miss’ star point guard was unaware that he had fouled out of the Rebels’ SEC tournament game against Alabama, and it took him a few moments to realize the fans at Bridgestone Arena were roaring for him.
“I wasn’t even paying attention to it at first,” Moody said. “I was trying to stay on the court still. I guess it’s a good feeling. But I’m still consumed by the fact that we lost.”
Yes, Moody’s 39-point, 8-rebound night ended in an 81-73 loss to the Crimson Tide.
The Ole Miss star dazzled fans in spite of the “L,” pouring in 17 first-half points and adding 22 in the second frame as the Rebels attempted to keep pace.
Alabama hit 13 3-pointers, but none of them were as memorable as Moody’s 30-footer that had the basketball world thinking Steph Curry was in the building. Or the off-balance prayer between two defenders after ripping down a loose ball. In all, he hit eight 3-pointers, tying the single-game tournament record.
“Probably four of those threes, man, they were from the parking lot,” Alabama coach Avery Johnson said. “We were there. Sometimes we had two guys on him, and he still made.”
Moody, a senior, has likely produced his final highlight in a Rebels uniform.
Coach Andy Kennedy was plenty proud of the 5-foot-10 guard who led Mississippi to two straight 20-win seasons.
“You try not to heap too much praise on one of your current players while you’re in the grind,” Kennedy said, “but now that we’re done and you look back, he’s the most dynamic playmaker in the history of our program … and I appreciate the fans acknowledging that in his last game here.”
What’s next: Ole Miss heads home, while Alabama moves on to face No. 2 seed Kentucky on Friday night (7 p.m. ET, SEC Network).