Bama Wins With Only 11 Field Goals

Field goals were in short supply for the Alabama basketball team in its come-from-behind, 51-49 win over Auburn Wednesday night at Coleman Coliseum. In fact, the Tide won despite making only 11 shots from the floor. Alabama did not score from the field until the 12:05 mark of the first half, and that basket came on an unlikely three-pointer by Senario Hillman.



Auburn out-field goaled Alabama, 18-11. Bama did improve, as the Tide made six shots in the second half -- including JaMychal Green's life-saving tap -- compared to five in the first 20 minutes.

But Alabama somehow found a way to win. With 11 field goals. That's not something you see every night. Or every year.

"I'm looking at the stat sheet, and I'm trying to figure it out, because when you look at the numbers for us, it equates to a loss," said Alabama coach Anthony Grant. "We found ways to chip away, and the crowd was able to get back into it.

"We were really out of sync. I've got to take the blame for that. I wish I could explain it to you We didn't do the things we were supposed to do. That's my responsibility."

Auburn's defensive strategy? "Play zone and hope they missed. Seemed to work," said Tigers coach Tony Barbee.

It did, to the tune of 11-42, 26 per cent shooting by the home team. Bama was even worse behind the arc: 2-for-12, a 16.7 per cent clip.

"As a coach, you always worry," Grant said. "Sometimes you think, ‘Wow, we're ready to go,' and then you come out an put out a bad performance.

"Sometimes as a team, you need those near-death experiences Every time you got out there, you've got to put it all on the line."

Had the Tide not made 27-of-40 from the foul line, thanks to 29 Tiger fouls, the result would have been quite different.

"I told my guys there's a big difference in playing hard and fouling," Barbee said.

"We did play good defense, but at certain times we broke down. That's what caused us to foul them a lot," said Auburn forward Kenny Gabriel.

NOTES: Auburn's 15-point first-half lead was the biggest deficit UA has faced in an SEC game this season and third biggest it has faced this season…

Alabama's five field goals in the first half were its fewest in an opening half this season and the second fewest in a half this season…

Auburn became just the ninth team in 15 home games to hold a lead on the Tide.

The Tigers led for 19:15 in the first half, the most time an opponent had led in Coleman Coliseum this season. However, opponents have now led for just 48:01 of the 580 minutes played at Coleman Coliseum this season….

Former Auburn Coach Sonny Smith, former UAB Coach Gene Bartow, and former Bama Coach C.M. Newton (as always) were in attendance…

Former Tide player Bobby Lee Hurt was also spotted, wearing his trademark shiny suit and gangster hat. Bobby Lee is truly one of a kind…

The Crimson Chaos student section on the baseline featured people dressed as both Spider-Man and Batman, so LSU football no longer has the franchise on those two as supporters…

The win gave the Tide it's best SEC record through 13 games since the 1986-87 squad that featured Derrick McKey, Jim Farmer and Mark Gottfried started 11-2 en route to a 16-2 mark and a league title…

With its 19th win, this team has won more than any Bama squad since the 20-win season of 2006-07...

Alabama is now 87-56 all-time against Auburn, and 37-6 in Coleman Coliseum…

Alabama is now 15-0 at home this year and has won 16 straight in Tuscaloosa dating back to last season's home finale against Auburn…

The Tigers had five team fouls (one by each starter, and three in ten seconds) before the first media timeout, but in the same time span Alabama did not have a field goal…

Per Andrew Bone, several football recruits visited the basketball game, including Prattville RB DeAnte Lawrence and South Panola DL Issac Gross.

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