Dec. 5, 2012
Final Stats |
Alabama and Dayton met for a third time in series history on Wednesday night and for the second straight year. The Flyers now own a 2-1 lead in the all-time series, with wins over the Tide in back-to-back years (won 74-62 in Dayton on Dec. 7, 2011).
The starting lineup vs. Dayton of Trevor Lacey, Trevor Releford, Moussa Gueye, Levi Randolph and Rodney Cooper marked the fifth consecutive game that UA head coach Anthony Grant had to use a different starting lineup. Lacey and Randolph are the only two players to have started every game this year.
Dayton's 81 points on the night marked the most point scored by any Alabama opponent this season. The last time that the Tide allowed an opponent to score 80 points in a home contest came on Feb. 21, 2009, when the Tide defeated Mississippi State, 87-85, in double overtime. The last time The Tide gave up 80 or more points in a losing effort occurred on Dec. 13, 2008 in an 86-78 overtime defeat to Texas A&M.
The home loss marked the 10th time in 56 games that an Anthony Grant team has lost at Coleman Coliseum (46-10). It was also the first home defeat this season (4-1) and just the fourth defeat under Coleman Coliseum's arched roof in the last 40 contests (36-4).
After attempting only three free throws at Cincinnati (2-of-3), Alabama finished the contest tonight attempting a season-high 32 attempts and 29 makes (90.6 percent). The previous best this season was going 18-of-31 vs. Villanova.
The 28 made free throws by Alabama were the most since making 31 against Mississippi State on Feb. 21, 2009 (31-of-39).
Levi Randolph (6-of-6), Trevor Lacey (6-of-6) and Trevor Releford (8-of-8) combined to go 20-of-20 from the foul line.
Dayton finished the contest by knocking down eight threes on the night (8-of-19), which matched the most by an opponent this season since South Dakota State hit eight treys in the season-opening contest on Nov. 9.
Alabama trailed at the half, 38-33, and is now 1-2 this season when trailing at intermission.