Dec. 28, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - After trailing by double digits early in the contest, the Alabama men's basketball team battled back again UCLA in Pauley Pavilion Saturday night, keeping the game close throughout behind senior guard Trevor Releford's game-high 34 points, before falling to the Bruins, 75-67.
The game was tied with just over a minute to go in the game, before the Bruins hit 8-of-8 free throws and stretched out what was ultimately an eight-point differential.
With the loss, Alabama falls to 5-7 on the year while UCLA improves to 11-2.
Trailing halfway through the first half, Alabama used a 15-4 run to ultimately take a 34-33 lead into halftime. Alabama was outscored 42-33 in the second half and was outrebounded 37-26 on the night.
Along with his 34 points, Releford also had five steals and was 6-of-9 from behind the three-point line. The only other Crimson Tide player in double-digits was junior guard Levi Randolph who had 12. Freshman forward Shannon Hale had a season-high nine rebounds to go with nine points.
UCLA was led by forward Tony Parker who had a team-high 16 points off of the bench. Besides Parker, four other Bruins scored in double-digits.
Alabama returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 4, when it hosts the Robert Morris Colonials at Coleman Coliseum. The contest, which will mark the final regular season non-conference game of the 2013-14 campaign, is set to tip at 4:30 p.m. CT and will be televised on CSS.
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