Tide Hoops Survives Catamounts 2Nd Half Surge

Sophomore Jimmie Taylor had a career night and BamaMag was in attendance. Hear what he, Anthony Grant and others had to say after a win over Western Carolina.

Western Carolina must love Alabama. They sent their men’s basketball team to play the Tide on Monday evening at Coleman Coliseum. The Catamounts football team visits Tuscaloosa on Saturday. Alabama (2-0) was a gracious host keeping Western Carolina (0-2) close at the halftime with a 41-33 lead. The Tide actually fell behind by six in the second half before escaping with an 80-74 win over the Southern Conference opponent. Alabama held a 12-point advantage in the first half. Free-throw shooting dominated the first twenty minutes. Alabama converted on 18 of 22 attempts (81.8%). The Tide added 14 more in the final half to finish the game 32 of 42 (76%). Four Bama players scored in double-figures. Senior Levi Randolph tallied 19 points including a perfect night at the line (11-11). Junior transfer Ricky Tarrant contributed 18 points off the bench. Sophomores Jimmie Taylor and Shannon Hale scored 15 and 10 points. Taylor recorded his first double-double and career highs with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Alabama’s bench outscored Western Carolina 26 to 3. The Catamounts had the edge in second chance points with 17 to 11 but the Tide prevailed in the paint with a substantial 36 to 16 margin. Both teams had 15 turnovers in a game with 14 lead changes. Bama had a slight difference in rebounding, 37 to 33. The Tide shot 23 for 49 from the field (46.9 %) and the visitors 25 for 59 (42.4%). Alabama was only 2 for 17 from the arc (11.8%) while the Catamounts were 9 for 28 (32.1%). Western Carolina senior guard James Sinclair torched the Tide defense for 31 points. A 19-7 run by Alabama to end the contest sealed the victory.

Listen and watch the post-game video comments by Grant,Taylor and Tarrant. Next on the Alabama schedule is an 8 PM CT home stand against the Conference USA Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (2-0) to be broadcast on the SEC Network.

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