Alabama Basketball Falls To Sooners

DALLAS – Alabama's men's basketball had a good start in its season-opening game. That is you consider just the first few minutes. In the end, the Crimson Tide lost and early 16-point lead and fell to Oklahoma, 82-73, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Alabama got out to a 26-10 lead thanks to a 20-3 run and led 41-40 at half, but was outscored 42-32 in the second half. The game remained tight until there were six minutes left in the game when OU reeled off 10 unanswered points to pull ahead for good.

"Obviously disappointed with the loss, but you have to compliment Oklahoma," Crimson Tide Coach Anthony Grant said. "I thought they did a really good job attacking when we had a big lead in the first half and I thought they did a good job on the offensive glass all night."

The Tide returns to action on Thursday hosting Texas Tech for the first home game of the 2013-14 regular season in Coleman Coliseum. The contest, which is set for an 8 p.m. CST tip, will be part of the 2013 Big 12/SEC Challenge and will be televised ESPN2.

Junior guard Algie Key led the Crimson Tide with 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting in his UA debut. Sophomore guard Retin Obasohan tied his career high with 14 points. Senior guard Trevor Releford had 12 points while struggling with foul trouble for much of the game. Releford played only 22 of the 40 mninutes. Junior forward Rodney Cooper had his second career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Levi Randolph, who had missed most of pre-season practice with a knee injury, played 31 minutes in the game, but as Grant had said earlier in the week, there was obvious rust. Randolph had five of Bama's 14 turnovers. But he also had two of the Tide's six steals.

Nick Jacobs had only six points, but pulled down 10 rebounds and had two blocked shots.

Although Alabama had one more field goal than the Sooners, Oklahoma made up in the scoring from the field by making 7-21 three-point shots compared to Alabama's 3-15. Bama hit 29-61 field goals for 47.5 per cent, while the Sooners were good on 28-63 for 44.4 per cent. Oklahoma had a big advantage in free throws, making 19-25 to 12-17 by Alabama. In the second half, Alabama shot only 38.7 per cent, Oklahoma 48.1 per cent.

Buddy Hield had 19 points for the Sooners, Ryan Spangler 15 points and 12 rebounds, Clark Cameron 14 points, and Jordan Woodard 10.

Grant said, "We had our opportunities in the second half. The 10-1 run in the last six minutes is probably what decided the game. You have to give them credit and we just have to turn around and get ready for our next game."

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