Jan. 17, 2009
AUBURN, Ala. -
The University of Alabama men's basketball team (11-6, 1-2 SEC) fell to the Auburn Tigers (11-6, 1-2 SEC), 85-71 at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum Saturday afternoon.
After being down by as much as 17 points in the first half, Alabama pulled within five just after the start of the second half before the Tigers went on a 19-2 run to put the game out of reach. The scoring difference came largely from beyond the three-point arc where Auburn shot 10-20 while Alabama went 2-11.
"I have watched every game that they (Auburn) have played this season and I am not sure that they have had a night where they shot the ball as well as they did today," Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried said. "They shot the lights out. They had a great start to the game with a 23-6 lead, but we got it to five at the start of the second half. Then they just went at it again where they didn't seem to miss a shot and that is hard to overcome."
Four Crimson Tide players scored in double digits, led by junior Mikhail Torrance's game-high 24 points. It marked the second game in a row that the Eight Mile, Ala. native has come off the bench to pour in 20 or more points.
"Mikhail Torrance had a terrific game tonight offensively scoring 24 points," Gottfried said. "I can't ask a whole lot more from him; he has been great."
Freshman JaMychal Green, sophomore Justin Knox and senior Alonzo Gee all scored 10 points on the day. Gee led Alabama in rebounding with eight, including five defensive boards.
Four Auburn players scored a dozen points or more, including Tay Waller who led the Tigers with 22 points.
Next up, Alabama returns home to face the Mississippi Rebels January 21. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT. Tickets are available through the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262) located in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum, or online at RollTide.com.