Providence Surges Past Tide, 82-70

Alabama played one half of good offense and no half of good defense and the Providence basketball team won going away in the final 10 minutes at the Dunkin' Donut Center in Providence, Rhode Island Saturday.

Alabama lost its fifth road game of the year and fell to 4-5. Providence improved to 10-2 as the Friars took an 82-70 decision.

The Crimson Tide's relatively weak home schedule continues Wednesday when Bama hosts Southeastern Louisiana in Coleman Coliseum.

The game was tied 40-40 at the half and Alabama had a 61-59 lead with under nine minutes o play, but the Friars outscored the Tide 9-0 to take a 68-61 lead and had a 19-3 run in a six-minute period to seal the victory.

Alabama Coach Anthony Grant said he thought Providence "fought harder and seemed to play with more of a purpose. We knew coming in we were playing a very good Providence team. We need to better understand what we do on both ends of the floor and how it impacts our chances of winning."

The game marked the return to action of inside player JaMychal Green after a three-game suspension. The junior from Montgomery didn't start, but had a solid game with 15 points (on 6-10 field goal shooting) and a game-high 11 rebounds. Tony Mitchell had 15 first half points and finished with 20 to lead the Tide. Trevor Releford had 12 points for the Tide.

Marshon Brooks led the Friars with 33 points, including 13-16 on free throws. Bama committed 26 fouls and had players in foul trouble much of the game with Senario Hillman and Chris Hines fouling out of the game. The Friars made 21-31 free throws, Alabama 12-15.

Alabama made two more field goals than Providence in the first half and both teams made 28 field goals, but the Friars were good on 5-16 three-[point shots, Alabama only 2-13. Charvez Davis, usually Bama's best three-point shooter, started the game, but hit only 1-7 on treys.

The Tide shot well in the first half, 16-35 for 45.7 per cent, but hit only 12-32 (37.5 per cent) in the second half. Providence was exactly the same in both halves, 14-30, to finished 28-60 for 46.7 per cent.

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