The Alabama Crimson Tide lost in stunning fashion to the Cincinnati Bearcats on Saturday. Cashmere Wright’s baseline fadeaway over Moussa Gueye lifted No. 17 Cincinnati to a 58-56 victory.
Alabama (6-1) just couldn’t capitalize on opportunities down the stretch. Trevor Releford had a chance to give the Tide the lead, but his jumper was blocked by Justin Jackson with six seconds to play. Cincinnati would eventually grab the rebound, call timeout, and set up the game winning shot.
Cincinnati jumped out on the Tide early. The Bearcats started the game on a 17-4 run, but Alabama rebounded after halftime. The Tide’s smothering defense held Cincinnati scoreless for six minutes down the stretch in the second half.
Turnovers also limited Alabama early. The Tide committed 8 turnovers during Cincinnati’s 17-4 opening run. Turnovers dug the deficit that Alabama just couldn’t overcome.
Alabama did lead the battle in the paint, especially in the first half. The Tide out-rebounded Cincinnati’s smaller starting five 20-11 in the first thirty minutes.
Trevor Releford returned to the floor after missing last game with a stomach bug. Carl Engstrom suffered an apparent knee injury at the end of the game and didn’t return. His status is still unknown. Although Engstrom did leave the the court under his own power.
Trevor Lacey led all scorers with 16 points and added 6 rebounds. JaQuon Parker and Sean Kilpatrick both added 13 points to lead the Bearcats.
Alabama had the opportunity to jump into the Top 25 with a win on Saturday, but couldn’t get the job done on the road. They received the 26th-most points in last week’s poll, but they will more than likely drop after this non-conference loss.
The Crimson Tide returns to Coleman Coliseum on December 5 to face the Dayton Flyers (6-2) in another big non-conference game. Dayton already has one win against a Southeastern Conference opponent this season. The Flyers knocked off Auburn on November 18 in the 2012 Charleston Classic. CSS will have TV coverage of the 8pm tip-off or you can follow along with the Crimson Tide Sports Network on the radio.