Dec. 14, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama men’s basketball team held the nation’s top-scoring offense to a season-low 45 points in a 59-45 victory over Charleston Southern Saturday night in Coleman Coliseum. The win pushes the Tide’s home regular-season winning streak to 15 games.
“I thought limiting their offense was the key to the game,” said UA head coach Anthony Grant. “We did a great job for 40 minutes from a defensive standpoint tonight. Charleston Southern is a team that came into this game averaging 92.1 points-per-game, and they have a variety of weapons on their team so we knew we had to perform well defensively. I challenged our guys to take it one possession at a time and they really responded.”
The Alabama (5-4) defense frustrated a potent Charleston Southern (3-5) offense, forcing 25 fouls and 14 turnovers. Playing without senior guard Trevor Releford, who was held out for precautionary reasons, the Tide’s offensive effort was led by sophomore Retin Obasohan’s career-high 22 points to go along with a career-high nine rebounds and six steals. Thirteen of Obasahan’s 22 points came at the charity stripe, where he went 13-of-14 on the night. Junior Rodney Cooper added a season-high 16 points as the pair accounted for over half of Alabama’s offensive output.
Alabama trailed 15-7 early in the opening half before a 9-0 run resulted in its first lead of the game at 16-15. The Tide then extended its lead to 20-17 in the closing minutes before Charleston Southern fought back within one point to make it a 24-23 game at halftime.
The two teams remained neck-and-neck for most of the second half before the Tide went on an 8-0 run to extend its lead to 41-32 near the eight-minute mark. From that point on it was all Alabama with Tide finishing things off with a 14-point win.
Alabama will have a quick turnaround as it returns to action Tuesday night when the Tide hosts the No. 12/8 Wichita State Shockers at 8 p.m. CT on ESPNU. The Shockers, who improved to 10-0 with a win over Tennessee on Saturday, will come into the game as the second-highest non-conference opponent to ever play at Coleman Coliseum.
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