The Alabama Crimson Tide (19-9, 11-4 SEC) returned home to face the Auburn Tigers (9-19, 3-12 SEC) after a devastating loss in Baton Rogue on Saturday. The Tide wouldn’t disappoint in a must-win situation on Tuesday night. With the win, Alabama remains in second in the SEC conference standings behind league leader Florida.
Trevor Releford led the way for the Crimson Tide on offense for the second straight game. He finished with 21 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. Releford shot 7-13 from the field, including 4-9 from three-point range. Over his last two games Releford has scored an astonishing 57 points and recorded 8 rebounds.
Although the Alabama couldn’t find their shooting touch in the first half, offensive production picked up in the second half. Nick Jacobs and Trevor Lacey were both in double figures with 10 and 12 points respectively. Jacobs recorded his second double-double of the season and the third of his career with 10 rebounds.
Retin Obsasohan added 10 points in his second highest scoring game of his career. Obsasohan was able to add 4 rebounds and 2 assists as well. Rodney Cooper was held to 2 points breaking seven game streak of scoring in double figures. Juniors Julian Goode and Keon Blackledge both saw playing time late in the game, but neither player recorded any statistics.
Auburn senior Robb Chubb was the only player for the Tigers to score in double figures. He finished with 13 points and 4 rebounds.
Although Alabama is still on the outside looking in, the Tide still has a glimmer of hope for making the NCAA Tournament. Alabama travels to No. 8 Florida on March 2 and then to Ole Miss on March 5. If Alabama can somehow pull of the upset in Gainesville, the Tide could be back in the NCAA Tournament mix. That’s a big if though, and for now the Crimson Tide looks to just take it one game at a time.
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