The Alabama Crimson Tide (11–16, 5–9 SEC) notched a big moral victory against the Missouri Tigers (19–8, 7–7 SEC) on Saturday night at home, 80-73.
Junior guard Levi Randolph exploded for a career-high 33 points to lead the Crimson Tide. Randolph and senior guard Trevor Releford combined for 51 points.
Although Releford suffered an apparent thigh injury early in the game, he was able to return after a quick visit to the locker room for another big night. Releford’s 18 points marks his 28th straight double-figure scoring game.
Sophomore guard Retin Obasohan was able to break his two game scoreless streak finishing with eight points on a 3-for–5 shooting night.
Junior guard Rodney Cooper led the Tide in rebounds, grabbing six key boards.
Alabama’s first commanding victory in recent memory was due in part to the Tide’s strong second half performance. The Crimson Tide was able to take some early momentum into the second half and maintain a solid scoring clip.
The Tide was very efficient on the offensive side of the ball shooting 57.4 percent from the field. Alabama was solid from three-point range as well, shooting 47.6 percent from behind the arc.
Senior guard Earnest Ross led the way for the Tigers on Saturday night. He finished with 25 points and eight rebounds.
Junior guard Jabari Brown added 23 points and five assists to bolster his SEC Player of the Year resume.
The Tigers struggled with turnover issues throughout the game. Missouri finished with 16 giveaways to Alabama’s eight.
Saturday night’s win marks one of the first complete performances by the Crimson Tide in conference play. Trevor Releford did his job and Levi Randolph provided a major spark off the bench.
Jimmie Taylor did a great job filling Nick Jacob’s shoes down low. Although Taylor didn’t have a big night statistically, he is developing into a true post player.
Missouri will hit the road on Tuesday night to face a Georgia Bulldogs (15–11, 9–5 SEC) team that has impressed, especially in conference play.
Alabama will look to build on the big win as they travel to C.M. ‘Tad’ Smith Coliseum in Oxford, Miss. on Wednesday to face the Ole Miss Rebels (16–11, 7–7 SEC). The Crimson Tide defeated the Rebels 67–64 on February 11 in Tuscaloosa.
Wednesday night’s game will tip-off at 7 p.m. CT. Television coverage will be provided by ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. Radio coverage, as always, will be provided by your local CTSN affiliate.
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