The Alabama Crimson Tide men’s basketball team lost against the eighth-ranked Florida Gators 64-52 in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainsville, FL on Saturday afternoon. The loss drops the Tide to 19-10 overall (11-5 SEC) while Gators improve to 23-5 (13-3 SEC). Florida is now 14-0 at home this season.
The first half started off well in the first 4 minutes of the game for Alabama, getting good looks offensively. Then Alabama gave up a 10-0 run to Florida before Retin Obasohan broke the drought. The Crimson Tide slowly started to eat at Florida’s lead, but never regained control of the lead for the rest of the half and got into the locker room with a 29-26 Florida score. Both teams shot around 43% from the floor. Alabama only got two chances to shoot from the free throw line in the first half and missed both. Florida got 13 chances and made 9 of them.
The second half also started off really well for the Crimson Tide as a couple of sloppy possessions for Florida tied the game at 33 apiece by the first media timeout with 14 minutes to go. Alabama took the lead shortly after that and lead by as many as eight points, spearheaded by offensive ace Trevor Releford. Florida took back the lead with 7:46 to go with at 48-47 score. Florida then got a good run to put them up by 5 with five minutes to go. Alabama could not comeback from their mistakes and fell to the Gators 64-52.
Once again, it was Releford who led Alabama in scoring with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Trevor Lacey and Nick Jacobs were not too far behind with 11 points. The Crimson Tide were 4-10 from the free throw line whereas Florida was 22-26. 22 personal fouls were called on Alabama to Florida’s 9. Three Florida starters had double digit scoring , led by Erik Murphy with 15. Florida led slightly in rebounds 33-31.
Alabama hits the road one final time this season on Tuesday, March 5th against Ole Miss at 8:00pm CT. ESPNU will be broadcasting the game.
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