Jan. 30, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. - The Alabama men's basketball team lost at Auburn Thursday night, 74-55. Senior guard Trevor Releford led the Tide with 15 points and was the only UA player to reach double figures.
With the loss, Alabama falls to 9-11 on the year, 3-4 in the SEC, while Auburn improves to 9-10 overall, 1-7 in league play.
"We don't have any excuses," head coach Anthony Grant said. "I thought Auburn came out with energy start to finish. We made some runs in the first half, cutting it to a two-possession game. We just made some mental errors at the end to give them momentum to close the half. In the second half, we were able to come out and have some offensive success. Defensively, they scored on five of their first six possessions. They shot 60 percent in the second half. You look at the performance tonight of KT Harrell and Chris Denson. Those guys dominated the game on both ends of the floor. Give those guys credit. They did what they needed to do to lead their team."
The Tigers jumped out to a 12-0 lead and never looked back as they defeated the Tide for the second time in the last three meetings - both coming at Auburn Arena.
The Tide did get within striking distance early in the second half, cutting the Tigers lead to five, 33-28, with 18 minutes left. However, Auburn went on a 16-5 run over the next 4:49 to take control of the game at 49-33. Alabama never got any closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
Alabama struggled shooting the ball throughout the night, as the Tide went 19-of-53 (36 percent) from the field including 3-of-16 (19 percent) from three-point range. Alabama's bench outscored Auburn's 16-4. In comparison, Auburn shot 63.6 percent from the floor in the second half alone, and finished at 49 percent for the game.
Auburn's Chris Denson (32 points) and KT Harrell (23 points) combined for 55 of the Tigers' 74 points on the night.
Shannon Hale had nine points and five boards for the Tide, Retin Obasohan added nine points and Rodney Cooper had a team-high seven rebounds.
Alabama will return to action when it hosts the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN2. It will be the only meeting of the season between the Tide and Volunteers.
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