Men's Basketball Falls to No. 17 Kansas State, 87-74

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Alabama's Mikhail Torrance scored 20 points.
Alabama's Mikhail Torrance scored 20 points.

Dec. 19, 2009


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MOBILE, Ala. - The Alabama men's basketball team fell to Kansas State (No. 22 ESPN/USA Today, No. 17 AP), 87-74, in the Coors Classic held in Mobile's Mitchell Center Saturday night.

Down by as many as 21 points, Alabama played strong in the second half, whittling its deficit down to as few as eight on a five-point possession with 7:32 left in the game, but could get no closer. The Wildcats shot nearly 60 percent from the field while the Tide shot 42 percent for the game. Alabama falls to 7-4 on the season while the Wildcats go to 10-1.

The Crimson Tide was led by senior guard Mikhail Torrance, who scored 20 points, 14 of them coming after he collected his fourth foul of the game. Sophomore forward JaMychal Green poured in 17 points before fouling with 5:26 left in the game. Junior guard Senario Hillman also scored in double figures, with 11 points.

Alabama's full-court press forced a season-high 22 Kansas State turnover, 14 in the second half alone to score 26 points off KSU mistakes. Four Wildcats scored in double figures, led by junior guard Jacob Pullen who posted a game-high 30 points, including all six of KSU's three-point shots on a 6-of-9 night from behind the arc.

Alabama returns home for one more game before the holiday break, playing Mercer Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m.