Tide Needs Little Extra Against UAH

Alabama Men's Basketball Coach Anthony Grant said he didn't expect his team to automatically defeat University of Alabama-Huntsville just because UAH is Division II. Grant was right about that. Bama didn't win in regulation and didn't win in the first overtime, but finally prevailed in a second overtime period at Coleman Coliseum Monday night.

Alabama got 22 points from freshman point guard Trevor Releford as the Crimson Tide took a 73-68 win over UAH in Bama's second and final exhibition game of the pre-season.

Alabama opens regular season play Friday when the Crimson Tide hosts Florida A&M, the second game in a doubleheader in which the Alabama women's team will play Tennessee State at 5 p.m. CST. A men's game ticket is good for both games. Bama's game is expected to begin about 7:30 p.m. CST.

In the second overtime period, Releford made a steal with 2:30 to play and was fouled driving for a layup. He made two free throws to give Alabama the lead at 66-55, and Bama would not surrender that lead. After Senario Hillman made a jump shot and UAH's Xavier Baldwin answered, Releford made another jump shot for a three-point lead with 35 seconds to play.

A UAH miss and a dunk by JaMychal Green wrapped up the scoring.

UAH led most of the first half. After taking the lead at 5-4, UAH worked it out to as much as an eight-point advantage in the first half and had a 28-26 halftime lead.

Bama took the lead early in the second half and kept a small margin for most of the period. Releford's three-pointer made it Alabama 59-57 with 1:28 to play. A tip-in by Baldwin that tied the score at 59 and sent the game to overtime.

Releford got the overtime off to a good start with a three-point shot, but Jaime Smith matched it for the Chargers. Alabama misplayed the clock late in the period and UAH got the last shot, but missed it.

That set the stage for the second and final overtime period.

Grant pronounced it a successful exhibition game. "It was a good experience for our team," he said. "We knew it would be a very good game for us. They made us work for everything we got."

Releford led four players in double figures. JaMychal Green had 16, Senario Hillman 15, and Tony Mitchell -- who fouled out in the second half -- had 11 points in just 21 minutes of play.

UAH was led by Jaime Smith with 19 points and 13 rebounds, Zane Campbell with 18, and Josh Yost with 10. Point guard Josh Magette had nine points, five assists and seven rebounds and played all 50 minutes of the game.

Alabama won the rebounding battle, 40-35. Neither team shot well. UAH hit 24-54 from the field for 44.4 per cent. Alabama made 30-67 for 44.8 per cent.

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