Dec. 4, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama men's basketball team got off to a 17-4 start against North Florida Wednesday night and never looked back, beating the Ospreys 76-48 in Coleman Coliseum. Junior guard Levi Randolph led the team with a career-high 20 points while going 7-of-11 from the field.
"Our guys really set the tone from a defensive standpoint tonight," UA Head Coach Anthony Grant said. "I felt like our guys came out with great focus and great energy. I thought it was a dominant defensive performance."
Alabama (4-3) sprinted out of the gate and was up 25-10 after nine minutes thanks largely to shooting 10- of-14 from the field and 4-of-5 from behind the three-point line.
Freshman forward Jimmie Taylor had career-highs in both points and rebounds with 12 points and nine rebounds. He was also a perfect 4-of-4 from the field. Junior forward Nick Jacobs had 13 points. Coming into tonight, senior guard Trevor Releford has scored double-digits in every game this season and he continued that streak against North Florida, scoring 10 points to go with a team-high five assists.
Alabama had a season-high 18 assists on 26 field goals. The previous high was 17 in a 102-65 win over Stillman.
North Florida (5-5) failed to have anyone reach double-figures and were led by Charles McRoy and Devin Wilson's eight points apiece.
Alabama returns to action Saturday as they travel to Tampa, Florida to play the University of South Florida at 8:00 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on ESPNU and the radio broadcast will be carried on the Crimson Tide Sports Network.
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