Dec 4, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; North Florida Ospreys guard Dallas Moore (14) looks to pass around Alabama Crimson Tide guards Levi Randolph (20) and Algie Key (0) during the first half at Coleman Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelly Lambert-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama Basketball Romps North Florida, 76-48

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The Alabama Crimson Tide (4-3) rebounded from a tough road trip to New York in a big way on Wednesday night against the North Florida Ospreys (5-5).

Alabama came out of the gate firing on defense. The Tide turned several of North Florida’s first possessions into transition points off turnovers and were able to take the early lead. Although the offense sputtered at times, the Crimson Tide didn’t look back.

Junior guard Levi Randolph led all scorers with 20 points on the night. Freshman forward Jimmie Taylor finished with 12 points, both setting career scoring highs. Taylor was just one rebound away from a double-double with 9.

Nick Jacobs and Trevor Releford also reached double digits for the Tide on offense scoring 13 and 10 respectively. Freshman Shannon Hale found his shooting touch, nailing two three pointers on back-to-back possessions in the second half after playing just five minutes on the night.

The Tide shot uncharacteristically well from the field finishing the game at 44.8%. Alabama also shot very well from outside notching a 47.4% mark from beyond the three point line.

Alabama’s defense was able to hold every player for North Florida under the double-digit mark. Charles McRoy and Devin Wilson led the Ospreys with 8 points each.

Overall, Alabama looked extremely loose after two tough losses in the NIT Season Tip-off Tournament. The Tide opened the game with a swarming defensive attack and two big dunks, one off an alley-oop from Trevor Releford to Jimmie Taylor.

Alabama will travel to Tampa, Florida to face South Florida on Saturday, December 7. Tip-off is slated for 8pm CT. Television coverage will be provided by ESPNU and radio coverage, as always, will be provided by your local CTSN affiliate.

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