It Wasn't Exciting, But Tide Gets Win

It was comfortable like that that 10-year-old old La-Z-Boy. But with a split in the leather upholstery, you wouldn't want to show it off. That's about how it was as Alabama defeated Detroit, 62-54, Sunday evening.

Alabama got a new winning streak started and also a new Coleman Coliseum winning streak after suffering losses in the previous two outings. Bama improved to 8-2 while Detroit fell to 5-7 and continued winless on the road.

Although the final margin was only eight points, that was as close as the Titans had been since early in the game when Bama had an 8-1 advantage. Detroit missed its first 11 shots from the field and never hit a three-point goal in 12 tries in the game. The Tide had a 12-1 lead when the Titans got their first field goal. With just over seven and a half minutes to play in the first half, JaMychal Green had 10 points for Alabama and the entire Detroit team had nine points and trailed by 27-9.

Crimson Tide Coach Anthony Grant said, "We are very excited about the opportunity to get the win, coming off two losses. Our focus had to be on what we had to do to win, and with us that starts with defense."

Grant was disappointed that the Tide had a 22 point lead with just over two minutes to play in the first half and finished with only a 38-22 halftime margin. Then early in the second half, he said, "We had a couple of plays that didn't go our way and it kind of zapped our energy."

Bama had a new starting lineup with freshman inside player Nick Jacobs getting the nod over freshman wing Rodney Cooper, who had started every other game. Jacobs hit 6-9 field goals and had 13 points and two blocked shots, but didn't have a rebound.

Bama was led by Green, who had 21 points (but after getting 10 in just over 12 minutes, took over 25 minutes to get his next 10. Tony Mitchell had 15 points.

This is final examinations week at Alabama, so Tide players will not be in action again until taking on Kansas State at 9 p.m. Saturday in Kansas City. Bama's next game in the state of Alabama will be Dec. 21 against Oklahoma State in Birmingham. The next contest in Tuscaloosa will be Dec. 29 against Jacksonville.

Alabama shot 56.7 per cent (17-30) in the first half against the Detroit zone defense, but the Titans switched to a man-to-man in the second half and the Tide managed only 7-20 for 35 per cent. For the game Bama was 24-50 for 48 per cent. The Tide held Detroit to 17-53 shooting (32.1 per cent), but the Titans were 42.7 per cent in the second half (10-24) after hitting only 7-29 (24.1 per cent) in the first half.

Alabama managed 16 assists on the 24 field goals with Trevor Releford having five assists.

The visitors had a 38-31 rebounding advantage against the Tide, including pulling down 18 offensive boards. Detroit also had a big advantage in free throws, making 20-26 compared to Bama's 12-17.

Detroit Coach Ray McCallum said, "I was disappointed in our slow start, but Alabama had a lot to do with it."

The Titans were led by the coach's son, Ray McCallum, with 13 points. Doug Anderson had 12 points and Chase Simon 10.

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