Men's Basketball Drops Evening Tilt to Kansas State, 71-58
Dec. 17, 2011
KANSAS CITY, Mo.- The No. 23/21 Alabama men’s basketball team fell on the road to Kansas State, 71-58, Saturday night in a neutral site contest played at the Sprint Center. After the loss, the Crimson Tide moves to 8-3 on the season while the Wildcats improve to 7-1.
“I thought Kansas State came out tonight and did a great job attacking our pressure,” UA head coach Anthony Grant said. “You look at the numbers, 63 percent from the field in the second half and they were able to turn us over 18 times in the game. They outrebounded us as well. Any time you play against a team of the caliber of Kansas State on the road, those numbers are tough to overcome.”
The loss is the first of the season on a neutral court for Alabama (3-1) as K-State used a strong second half to pull away in a game that was played just under two hours away from their Manhattan campus. The Wildcats now own a 2-1 series advantage, claiming the last two meetings.
K-State shot 44 percent (23-for-52) from the field and only hit three three’s but went to the free throw line 33 times, connecting on 22 (68 percent) attempts.
The Wildcats poured in 45 second half points on the strength 63 percent shooting in the period and was led offensively for the game by Jordan Henriquez’s 17 points and eight rebounds.
“Kansas State was terrific in the second half and did a great job attacking in transition,” Grant added. “They got in a flow and that was tough to break.”
Alabama shot 44 percent (25-for-54) but could not dial in from long range, shooting just 14 percent (2-of-14) from beyond the arc. The Tide was led offensively by JaMychal Green and his game-high 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting. The senior added nine rebounds and two assists. Kansas City native Trevor Releford finished with 14 points and six assists, playing a game-high 37 minutes.
UA went into the locker room at the intermission just down two (24-26) and then seized the lead (35-34) five minutes into the second half but a 16-4 run by K-State right after sank the Tide.
38 of the 58 points scored by Alabama came in the paint. 19 of the 45 points scored by K-State in the second half came at the free throw line. The Wildcats tallied 14 points off of 18 Tide turnovers but UA did tally 15 points off of 16 KSU mishaps.
Alabama will continue neutral site play when it hosts Oklahoma State at the 2011 Legacy Credit Union Holiday Classic presented by Bright House. The two teams will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 21, with tipoff slated for 8 p.m., at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. The game will air on ESPN2.