Late Free Throws Give UCLA Win
The game was tied with just over a minute to go in the game, before the Bruins hit 8-of-8 free throws and stretched out what was ultimately an eight-point differential.
With the loss, Alabama falls to 5-7 on the year while UCLA improves to 11-2.
Trailing halfway through the first half, Alabama used a 15-4 run to ultimately take a 34-33 lead into halftime. Alabama was outscored 42-33 in the second half and was out-rebounded 37-26 on the night.
Along with his 34 points, Releford also had five steals and was 6-of-9 from behind the three-point line. The only other Crimson Tide player in double-digits was junior guard Levi Randolph who had 12. Freshman forward Shannon Hale had a season-high nine rebounds to go with nine points.
Releford did not start the game as he was held out for a disciplinary reason. Releford, however, played 24 minutes. Also not starting was Nick Jacobs or Jimmie Taylor. Bama's starting lineup was Shannon Hale, Carl Engstrom, Levi Randolp;h, Rodney Cooper, and Retin Obasohan.
UCLA was led by forward Tony Parker who had a team-high 16 points off of the bench. Besides Parker, four other Bruins scored in double-digits.
Alabama hit 23-52 (44.2 per cent from the field) while UCLA made 28-59 (47.5 per cent). The Tide was good on 9-22 three-pointers (40.9 per cent) and the Bruins 3-9 (33.3 per cent). Alabama made 12-17 free throws (70.6 per cent) while UCLA was good on 16-20 (80 per cent).
The UCLA advantage of 37-26 in rebounding included the Bruins pulling down 12 offensive boards, while Alabama got only four offensive rebounds – three by Hale.
The score was tied seven times, the last at 67-67, and there were nine lead changes.
Alabama committed 16 turnovers and had only seven assists. The Bruins had 18 assists, 14 turnovers.
UCLA outscored the Tide by 38-20 in the paint and 12-7 on second chance points, but Bama had the edge in points off turnovers, 19-14.
Alabama returns to action Saturday when the Tide hosts the Robert Morris Colonials at Coleman Coliseum. The contest, which will mark the final regular season non-conference game of the 2013-14 campaign, will tip at 4:30 p.m. CST and will be televised on CSS.
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