Redshirt freshman Retin Obasohan picked a great time to have the second half of his life. After a struggle of a first half, 0-for-4 from the floor and all five points from the free throw line, the redshirt freshman exploded for nine second-half points to end the game with 14 in the 66-54 win over Stanford.
Alabama will host its NIT quarterfinal game on Tuesday night against the winner of the Denver-Maryland game, with the Terrapins being the No. 2 seed.
Alabama got a game-high 16 points from Levi Randolph, then 10 from both Trevor Releford and Nick Jacobs for its four double-digit scorers. Devonta Pollard led the Crimson Tide with eight rebounds to go along with four points.
The Crimson Tide had foul trouble on its side in the second half, as the Cardinal committed its seventh team foul of the second half with over seven minutes to go in the second half. After that point, Alabama hit 10 of its 12 free throw attempts, ending the game with a 84.6 percentage from the charity stripe (22-26).
The Cardinal was led by Chasson Randle with 11 points and also had Robbie Lemons score in double-digits with 10. Stanford’s leading scorer Dwight Powell was held to just two points in 24 minutes after missing a great portion of the first half with foul trouble.
You can read about the first half by itself by reading the Halftime Report.
Alabama head coach Anthony Grant said before his team’s first round game of the National Invitational Tournament against Northeastern that the Crimson Tide could look upon the tournament bid as a disappointment or an opportunity to win a championship.
“Depends on how you want to look at it, which story you want to write,” he said as blunt as humanly possible.
After a conflicted first half, Alabama turned it on the second half, winning the final 20 minutes by 14 on the way to a 62-43 victory. Alabama advances to host the winner of the Stanford-Stephen F. Austin game in second round.
Despite junior point guard Trevor Releford going into the locker room at halftime with seven points, it was sophomore Levi Randolph that came away with the game-high 13 points. Fellow sophomore Trevor Lacey also ended in double-digits with 11 points.
Releford ended the game with nine points and five rebounds, tied with Randolph. Alabama had three players tie for the team lead with six rebounds: center Moussa Gueye, sophomore forward Nick Jcobs and sophomore forward Devonta Pollard.
Alabama outshot the Huskies 45.5 percent to 33.3 percent, in addition to shooting a season-high 80 percent from the free throw line.
Northeastern was led by Tuscaloosa native Reggie Johnson, who ended with 10 points and five rebounds.
Alabama will meet the winner of the Stanford-Stephen F. Austin game in the second round.
Alabama kicked South Carolina while it was down, running away with a 68-58 win. South Carolina (12-13, 2-10 SEC) lost its sixth game in-a-row while Alabama (17-8, 9-3 SEC) won the first of a two-game homestand.
Alabama held its second-largest halftime lead of the season at 35-24, led by Trevor Lacey’s 10 first half points on 4-7 shooting. The Crimson Tide took a 13-point lead with 12:37 left in the first half on a 12-0 run in which the Gamecocks were held to 0-5 shooting and committed three turnovers. Another 14-1 run in 3:51 left Alabama with a 23-point lead and 5:55 remaining until halftime.
The last 3:30 of the first half saw the Gamecocks put together a 11-0 run, seven points from Bruce Ellington, to cut the deficit to 11. Ellington ended the half with a game-high 11 points and ended the game with 11 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Nick Jacobs tallied all 10 of his points in the second half, also adding two rebounds, both offensive, in the second half to end the game with four.
Alabama’s next game will be in Coleman Coliseum against Mississippi State (7-16, 2-9 SEC) on Wednesday. Alabama won the last meeting between the two 75-43 in Starkville.
Levi Randolph led the Tide with 18 points and Nick Jacobs contributed a double-double, 16 points and 11 rebounds. Lacey and Trevor Releford also scored in double-digits. Mississippi State’s only double-digit scorer was Fred Thomas off-the-bench. The Tide won the second half 45-21 by shooting 67.9 percent from the floor.