Mar 9, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Anthony Grant talks to his team while they play the Florida Gators in the second half in the second round of the 2012 SEC Tournament at the New Orleans Arena. Florida won, 66-63. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-US PRESSWIRE

Alabama Basketball: Alabama Holds Off Stillman 76-68 in Exhibition

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Alabama played host to Stillman in the lone exhibition of the season Tuesday night and the Tide came out on top 76-68 at Coleman Coliseum.

It’s wasn’t easy. In a game  that had 12 lead changes and ten ties, Alabama never seemed to get complete control of the game and wasn’t very consistent on both sides of the court.

“I thought our execution wasn’t where it needed to be offensively,” Alabama head coach Anthony Grant said in his postgame press conference.

“Give Stillman credit; I thought they did a good job of speeding us up. I thought we didn’t play in character today based on the things we worked on and talked about. We needed to settle down. I think it’s more about that than anything else.”

In a game where Alabama overall didn’t perform consistently well, however, junior center Moussa Gueye was very impressive in the victory for the Tide. He finished the night scoring 14 points and lead the team in offensive rebounds with 4. He also looked good in transition, a vast improvement from last year.

“I feel good. I had to work real hard and lose a lot of weight,” Gueye said. “I had some good conditioning sessions, so it feels real good to help my teammates. Right now, I can run up and down without getting tired like last year.”

Three other Crimson Tide players – Nick Jacobs, Trevor Lacey and Devonte Pollard – scored in the double digits. Jacobs led all scorers with 16.

During the second half Trevor Lacey suffered an injury, but was seen back in the game later. Three players did not make an appearance at all in the exhibition, including senior Andrew Steele, who was being bothered with a groin injury. Retin Obasohan and Carl Engstrom were not seen on the court either. Grant said it’s a wait-and-see situation.

“We feel like Andrew (Steele) and Carl (Engstrom) are making progress, so (playing Friday is) a possibility. Last night, Retin (Obasohan) suffered an injury to his finger. He got a cut on his finger that required 10 stitches. It’s undetermined in terms of when he’ll be available again.”

The Crimson Tide gets started on the regular season this weekend when they host South Dakota State in the 2K Sports Classic on Friday. Tip is set for 8pm CT and will be broadcast on ESPNU. Alabama also has a game as part of the 2K Sports Classic on Sunday against West Alabama on Sunday at 4pm in Tuscaloosa.

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