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Halftime Report: Alabama slips late, still holds a 28-23 lead over Northeastern

The two teams traded baskets in the first 72 seconds of the game, giving the No. 8 seed Northeastern Huskies a 3-2 lead.

After that, the No. 1 seed Alabama Crimson Tide took just 5:29 to assemble a 15-0 run that gave Alabama a 17-3 lead. The commanding lead would eventually dwindle down to the halftime score of 28-23.

Alabama got seven points from junior point guard Trevor Releford in the 15-0 run, plus three more from sophomore Rodney Cooper. Releford entered the locker room with a game-high seven points, also adding in three steals, three rebounds and an assist.

Cooper ended the half with six points while redshirt freshman guard Retin Obasohan came off the bench and added five.

Alabama’s leading rebounder was Moussa Gueye, coming down with four, three on the offensive end. Fellow big man Nick Jacobs had his first half cut short by accumulating his third personal foul with 3:04 left in the first half.

Northeastern responded with a 11-2 run in the later stages of the first half that set up a late three-pointer from Jonathan Lee to cut the deficit to five. Northeastern is led by forward Reggie Spencer, a Tuscaloosa native, with six points.

Alabama ends Georgia’s five-game winning streak, now tied for 2nd in SEC

Alabama coach Anthony Grant coaches guard Andrew Steele and forward Nick Jacobs, a Georgia native, in Alabama's road win.

Alabama coach Anthony Grant coaches guard Andrew Steele and forward Nick Jacobs, a Georgia native, in Alabama’s road win (Photo from the Associated Press).

Tuesday night, the Crimson Tide traveled to Athens, Ga. and earned a 52-45 win, its second in-a-row before coming to Tuscaloosa for a two-game homestand. Here is the AP report.


ATHENS, Ga. — Levi Randolph and Rodney Cooper hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the closing minutes, leading Alabama to an ugly 52-45 victory that ended Georgia’s five-game winning streak Tuesday night.

The Crimson Tide (16-8, 8-3 Southeastern Conference) won for the eighth time in 10 games with another stifling defensive effort. Alabama has held nine straight SEC opponents to less than 60 points, limiting the Bulldogs to 31 percent (16 of 52) from the field.

Georgia (12-12, 6-5) went more than 10 minutes without a field goal in the second half but still had a chance because of both teams’ offensive woes. When Donte Williams slammed in a wild miss off the backboard, the Bulldogs led 41-40 with 2:37 remaining.

But Randolph swished a 3-pointer, and Cooper followed with another to finish off Georgia.

Cooper led the Crimson Tide with 14 points — no one else on the winning team was in double figures. Alabama prevailed despite shooting just 39 percent (19 of 49) and getting beat on the boards, 41-33.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 22 points for the Bulldogs, and Nemanja Djurisic added 12. But Georgia didn’t have another player with more than four points, a staggering display of offensive ineptitude that might have ended any hope of making an improbable late-season run for NCAA consideration.

The teams meet again March 9 in Tuscaloosa, the regular-season finale for both.

Georgia was trying for its first six-game winning streak in the SEC since 2001, coming into the game tied with Kentucky for the longest active run in the conference. Both teams lost Tuesday, with the Wildcats falling at Florida.

Tide takes a break for semester exams

The University of Alabama will head into semester exams, beginning Monday.

The Crimson Tide football team hasn’t practiced since winning the SEC Championship Game and won’t return to the field until Dec. 15, which is the day after exams end.

Alabama’s basketball team, which fell Wednesday 81-76 to Dayton, won’t play again until Dec. 15 at Virginia Commonwealth. The Crimson Tide won’t practice during exam week, either, although players will work out when they can.

“I’ll try to get to the gym as much as possible, along with studying,” Alabama basketball player Rodney Cooper said.

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Tide hoops: Big win, Dakota Slaughter shines, Bobby Knight’s son gets ejected

Alabama guard Trevor Lacey (5) had seven points and four rebounds. (AP photo by Michelle Lepianka Carter of the Tuscaloosa News)

Lamar coach Pat Knight said after he was ejected he went to the locker room. “There’s no TV. Nothing to do. It’s kind of boring,” he said. (AP photo by Michelle Lepianka Carter of The Tuscaloosa News)

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Alabama’s basketball team won by a lot, the other team’s coach got thrown out of the game, and a Tide walk-on played so well at the end the students chanted his name.

Alabama beat Lamar 75-47 on Tuesday night in what was a reasonably close game until Lamar coach Pat Knight received two quick technical fouls two minutes into the second half.

After getting the first technical after protesting the rough play, Knight argued fiercely, with his assistant coaches holding him back. That got him a second technical and a trip to the locker room, where he said he was bored and talked on the phone to his wife, a friend in Florida and his dad. He is the son of coaching legend Bobby Knight.

“The physical play, the calls need to be called,” said Knight, whose team is now 1-6. “I didn’t earn the first one. I made sure I earned the second one. I got my money’s worth.”

The Tide led only 36-29 at the time, but Knight’s ejection seemed to breathe some life into the Coleman Coliseum crowd, which was listed at 10,436 but seemed a lot less.

“In the second half, we were much better,” Alabama coach Anthony Grant said. “Defensively, we were locked in.”

Two regulars in the playing rotation didn’t appear in Tuesday’s game for Alabama (6-0). Leading scorer Trevor Releford missed the game because of flu-like symptoms, while reserve guard Andrew Steele aggrevated a groin injury.

That opened the door for sophomore walk-on Dakota Slaughter, a 6-foot-6 forward who got 10 minutes on the floor and scored the first 10 points of his college career. He joined the team last year after going through an open tryout.

“He brings it every day in practice,” Grant said. “Our team trusts and believes in him. He did what we see him do in practice on a daily basis. With 10 scholarship guys, we’re going to need him in spots this year.”

Slaughter made four of his five shots, including a 3-pointer. When he made a driving layup near the end, about a half-dozen students chanted “Slaughter, Slaughter, Slaughter.”

Rodney Cooper, who missed the Friday’s win over Charleston Southern with shoulder tendonitis, came off the bench Tuesday. He finished with a team-high 17 points, eight rebounds and three assists and said afterward the shoulder felt fine. Freshman point guard Retin Obasohan, making his first career start in place of Releford, had 13 points and three steals.

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Alabama vs. Lamar, basketball game information

Alabama guard Trevor Lacey (5) makes a pass against Charleston Southern. (AP photo by Robert Sutton of The Tuscaloosa News)

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa

Records: Alabama 5-0, Lamar 1-5.

TV: None.

Alabama lineup: G Trevor Lacey, 6-3, So., 14.8 ppg., 4.2 assists; G Trevor Releford, 6-0, Jr., 18.6 ppg., 3.4 assists; C Carl Engstrom, 7-1, Jr., 3.8 ppg., 3.2 rpg.; F Levi Randolph, 6-5, So., 6.4 ppg., 3.8 rpg.; F Devonta Pollard, 6-8, Fr., 4.4 ppg., 3.6 rpg.

Lamar lineup: F Nikko Acosta, 6-9, Sr., 5.3 ppg., 3.0 rpg.; F Rhon Mitchell, 6-5, Fr., 11.0 ppg., 6.0 rpg.; F Stan Brown, 6-8, Sr., 9.0 ppg., 5.7 rpg.; G Keilan Blanks, 5-9, Fr., 6.0 ppg., 1.8 rpg.; G Donley Minor, 6-1, Sr., 10.2 ppg., 3.3 rpg., 2.3 assists.

Noteworthy: Alabama’s Rodney Cooper, who averages 15.5 points a game, missed Friday’s win over Charleston Southern with shoulder tendonitis and will be limited tonight, if he is able to go. … Alabama is shooting 40.2 percent from 3-point range after making only 28.9 a year ago. … The Crimson Tide is 5-0 for the second straight year, and the last time the team did that in back-to-back seasons was 1995-96 and 1996-97 under David Hobbs. … In the Associated Press Top 25 poll, Alabama is first among other teams receiving votes. … Lamar has lost to Kansas State, North Texas, Charlotte, Virginia and Arkansas State and has beaten Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

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Basketball Tide improves to 4-0

Trevor Releford‘s photo graced the marquee outside Madison Square Garden, and the Alabama guard put on the best show of the night inside the venerable building Friday night.

Releford poured in 25 points to lift the Crimson Tide to a 77-55 win over Villanova in the 2K Sports Classic championship game. The Tide point guard took most valuable player honors. Teammate Rodney Cooper added 17 points.

Levi Randolph sank a jumper with 17:11 to play, putting Alabama ahead 33-31, and the Crimson Tide never trailed again.

Alabama has opened the season with four straight wins and will face Charleston Southern at home Friday night at 7.

Cooper’s 3-pointer lifts Tide in Madison Square Garden

Alabama’s Rodney Cooper (21) celebrates with Carl Engstrom (4). (AP photo by Jason DeCrow)

Alabama’s Trevor Lacey has made 11 from 3-point range this season, including four against Oregon State. (AP photo by Jason Decrow)

Rodney Cooper hit a 3-pointer with 12.2 seconds left to lift Alabama to a 65-62 win over Oregon State on Thursday night.

“My teammates are confident in me taking shots and if they have confidence in me, I just want to make the shot for my team,” Cooper said. “It means a lot making the shot, but it means even more to get the win for the team.”

This was a semifinal game in the 2K Sports Classic in New York’s Madison Square Garden. Alabama (3-0) will face Villanova (3-0) in the championship game Friday night. ESPN2 will have coverage at
6:30 p.m. Villanova advanced with an 89-81 overtime win over Purdue.

“I am excited to get the win and get the chance to play for a championship,” Tide coach Anthony Grant said. “I have to give Oregon State credit; we were able to get them down in the second half, they did a good job at fighting and making plays. I thought our guys did a good job at making the plays we had to make down the stretch, coming up with loose balls, and Cooper being able to knock down an open shot to give us the win. I am proud of our guys the way they continued to stay with it and fight.”

The Crimson Tide led the whole second half, including by 14 with fewer than 10 minutes to play, until Oregon State’s Devon Collier hit two foul shots to tie it 62-62 with 43 seconds left.

After Cooper’s 3-pointer, Oregon State turned over the ball, and Cooper had a chance to increase the lead. But his foul shot missed. The Beavers’ Roberto Nelson tried a 3-pointer at the buzzer, but the shot missed.

Alabama’s Trevor Lacey continued his hot early season shooting by scoring 20 points, while making 4 of 7 from 3-point range. Cooper and Trevor Releford each had 12.

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