Alabama beat Oakland 65-45 at home Saturday, breaking a two-game losing streak and three-game home losing skid.
Alabama junior guard Trevor Releford led the way with 18 points and four assists, while Levi Randolph added 15 points for the Crimson Tide (8-5). Trevor Lacey managed only four points on four foul shots, but he passed out seven asssists.
Reserve center Moussa Gueye had four points and nine rebounds. Alabama guard Andrew Steele returned after missing seven games with a sports hernia. He had two points, four rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes on the floor.
“The challenge on the interior to guard Corey Petros, their second leading scorer, was tough but I thought Nick and Moussa did a terrific job on him,” Grant said. “Overall, we had a great effort from all of our guys defensively. Oakland got the edge on offensive rebounding but otherwise I thought the intensity and focus was really good today.”
Petros had two points for Oakland (7-10), while Duke Mondy led the way with 11.