Alabama Men's Basketball Defeats Stillman College, 76-68
Nov. 6, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama sophomore Nick Jacobs had a team-high 16 points and five rebounds as the men's basketball team defeated Stillman, 76-68, in Coleman Coliseum on Tuesday night.
"I thought Stillman came in and did a very good job with the tempo that they played at in the first half," head coach Anthony Grant said. "I thought in the first half, we were sloppy from an offensive standpoint. We made a lot of mistakes defensively, which gave them opportunities. We knew coming into the game that they were a very good and well-coached team, and that they would play with a lot of confidence and freedom. I thought in the second half, we settled down a little bit."
In a contest that featured 10 ties and 12 lead changes, Alabama took control on the strength of a 12-3 run over a 4:24 stretch the spanned the end of the first half and beginning of the second. With that run, the Crimson Tide turned a six-point deficit into a three-point lead.
From there, the Alabama extended its lead by as many as 15 points, 69-54, with 4:09 remaining, before the Tigers made a late rally.
Alabama jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead on a bucket by Jacobs, followed by a three-pointer by sophomore Trevor Lacey. However, Stillman responded and tied the game at 14 apiece with 11:04 remaining in the first half. It was highly contested the rest of the half, with nine lead changes and seven ties.
Stillman took a 32-31 lead at the break, despite Jacobs' eight points in the first 20 minutes of action.
The Tide got some momentum early in the second half when freshman Devonta Pollard scored a bucket and converted on the free throw with 19:15 to go in the half. At the 15:26 mark, Alabama went up 40-38 with a dunk by junior Moussa Gueye, which sparked a 14-7 run to put the Tide in front, 54-45.
The Tide outscored the Tigers, 45-36, after intermission, thanks in large part to shooting 60-percent from the floor in the second half (18-30).
Pollard finished with 15 points and seven boards, while Gueye (14) and Lacey (13) each reached double figures for the contest.
Alabama tips off the regular season this Friday, Sept. 9, against South Dakota State in Coleman Coliseum. The contest is a part of the 2K Sports Classic benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. CT and will be televised by ESPNU and broadcast by radio on the Crimson Tide Sports Network.
Tickets are on sale and can be purchased on rolltide.com or by phone at 1-877-TIDETIX (843-3849).
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