Why did Alabama basketball's Jahvon Quinerly pass on open 3 against Auburn? Here's what Nate Oats said
When Auburn jumped out to a 14-point lead with under eight minutes remaining Tuesday, Alabama basketball's chances of regaining a lead seamed bleak.
And yet, the Crimson Tide had that opportunity in the final minute.
Auburn had just taken a 79-77 lead off two free throws from Allen Flanigan with 54 seconds remaining.
The next possession, Jahvon Quinerly found himself open to take a shot that could have put Alabama up one. He had an opportunity to shoot a 3-pointer, but he decided not to take it.
Instead, he drove toward the basket and couldn't score.
Then, Flanigan ended the game hitting two more free throws to give No. 4 Auburn the 81-77 victory over the Crimson Tide (11-5, 2-2 SEC) at Coleman Coliseum.
Alabama coach Nate Oats said postgame he hadn't asked Quinerly why he didn't take that shot against Auburn (15-1, 4-0).
"I thought (Jaden Shackelford) made the right read," Oats said. "He found the open guy. Wide open. I don’t know if he didn’t catch it right or what, but trying to get our shooters to take open shots."
"We have to take open shots," Oats added.
Alabama will have its next opportunity to do so when it faces Mississippi State at 5 p.m. on Saturday in Starkville.
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