Alabama basketball fans breathe sigh of relief as team wins first SEC title since 2002

Gabe Hauari
The Tuscaloosa News

The Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball team beat Mississippi State 64-59 on Saturday night to clinch their first SEC regular season since 2002. 

Defense was the key as Alabama (19-6, 14-2) limited MSU (13-12, 7-9) to 40.7% shooting, outrebounded the Bulldogs 45-40 and never allowed MSU to take a lead even as its own offense struggled in the final 10 minutes. 

Jahvon Quinerly came up big for the Crimson Tide, scoring 19 points off the bench, 15 of which came in the first half. 

Alabama also won the SEC title in football this year, making this the first time an SEC school has won the conference championship in both football and basketball since Florida in 2006-07. 

Alabama has two regular season games remaining before the SEC tournament in Nashville. Auburn will make the trip to Coleman Coliseum on Tuesday before the Crimson Tide finish off their schedule with a trip to Athens next Saturday to play Georgia. 

Here's how Twitter reacted to the Crimson Tide's conference-clinching win in Starkville. 

Gabe Hauari is a digital producer for USA Today Network. Follow him on Twitter @GabeHauari.