Alabama Anxious To Be Back On Court

To say that Alabama’s men’s basketball team is coming off a disheartening loss is an understatement. Bama has not had much luck in road games, and the trip to Wichita State to play the 11th-ranked Shockers was a difficult task, but having an 11-point lead in the second half and managing to score only one point in the final six minutes of a one-point loss denied a monumental achievement.

Alabama Coach Anthony Grant did find something of a silver lining in the loss, which he said was something the Crimson Tide “weren’t satisfied with.” He pointed out that the Bama performance showed “what we’re capable of.”

He also said “We’re looking forward to getting back on the court.”

That happens Friday when Alabama hosts cross-town Stillman at 6 p.m. Friday in Coleman Coliseum.”

“Our goal is to get better every day, and I think we’re making strides in that” Grant said. “We went in (Wichita State’s) building and held them to 25 points under their average by giving up 53.”

The problem, of course, was that Alabama was held 26 points under the same 78-point average and lost, 53-52.

“There are a lot of things we could have done differently,” Grant said.

Alabama and Wichita State scored the same from the floor and neither shot free throws well. Bama, which is second in the nation in free throw percentage, managed only 7-12 on foul shots, Wichita State 8-17.

Alabama is now 6-3 overall. Stillman, playing under first year coach Donte Jackson, is 4-3.

Both teams have deep benches, playing nine players.

Senior Levi Randolph continues to lead Bama with his 17.2 points per game average. Ricky Tarrant is averaging 12.7 points per game and Rodney Cooper 12.3.

Stilman is led by guard Rodnerius Lewis, averaging 21.9 points per game.

Alabama will have a short turn-around before hosting Appalachian State at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

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