Alabama Comeback Comes Up Short

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Alabama men's basketball team (5-6) fell to the Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-1) 68-60 in the Lane Furniture All-College Classic at OKC Arena in Oklahoma City. The Crimson Tide made a valiant effort to comeback after trailing by 14 at the half, coming within four late in the game before OSU pulled away.

"I thought the intensity we played with in the second half is what we needed," Alabama Head Coach Anthony Grant said. "Oklahoma State made the plays down the stretch, and you have to credit them with that."

The Tide struggled offensively in the first half, not reaching double digits until a fast break layup by freshman Trevor Releford pulled Alabama within six at 17-11 with 3:25 remaining in the opening half. The Alabama offense took off in the second half though putting up 44 points in the final 20 minutes.

The Tide trailed 43-30 at the 13:31 juncture before a 10-0 run pulled Alabama within four points. From there, Oklahoma State expanded the lead to eight on five different occasions before the Tide pulled within four with 2:28 remaining and forced a loose ball. Releford, however, was called for a foul, which was his fifth. With Releford and junior JaMychal Green out of the game by way of fouls, the Alabama comeback was hampered.

The Tide was cold from beyond the arc, shooting 16.7 per cent (2-for-12) on three pointers. Alabama made up for the lack of three-point production, shooting 87 per cent (20-for-23) from the free throw line.

Green scored in the double digits for the third straight game, pulling in 16 aided by his 12-for-12 performance from the charity stripe. Sophomore Tony Mitchell added 13 points and Releford contributed 12.

Alabama returns home to Coleman Coliseum to take on Lipscomb on Tuesday at 7 p.m. CT.

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