Obasohan, Randolph Key Tide Win

There was good reason to suspect that Alabama’s Wednesday night basketball game in Coleman Coliseum would not be riveting entertainment. The Tigers came into the game as last in the Southeastern Conference, and Bama wasn’t far ahead of them.

Well, if you like to watch free throw shooting it was pretty good. And it was good to see Alabama win. The Crimson Tide took a 62-49 win over the Tigers.

Alabama made 24 of 34 free throws, while Missouri was 9-13 on foul shots. That 15-point free throw margin was greatly responsible for Bama pulling away in the second half.

The Tide improved its record to 14-8 overall and 4-5 in the SEC. Missourio fell to 7-15, including 1-8 in conference play.

Alabama goes to LSU Saturday, beginning a stretch of games in which the Tide plays three of its next four games on the road. Tipoff in Baton Rouge is at 5 p.m. CST with television coverage by ESPN2. Bama’s next home game will be Feb. 14 against Vanderbilt.

Levi Randolph scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half and Retin Obasohan sparked the Tide with tough defense and also scored 12 points and pulled down eight rebounds, most of his damage also coming in the second half.

Alabama made 16 of 37 field goals for 43.2 per cent. Missouri took 19 more shots than Bama, but the Tigers made only two more field goals, 18-56 for 32.1 per cent. Mizzou was particularly poor on three-point shots, only 4-23 for 17.4 per cent. With Randolph making 3-6 and Rodney Cooper hitting 2-3, Bama was 6-18 for 33.3 per cent.

Alabama out-rebounded Missouri by 35-31. Both teams made 10 turnovers. The Tide scored 9 points, Mizzou 5 off the miscues.

Randolph led all scorers with 20 and Obasohan had 12 with Shannon Hale in double figures with 10.

Missouri’s only man in double figures was Kenau Post with 11 points.

The game was close in the first half and Missouri took a brief second half lead when the Tigers scored on a three-point shot to open the second period. But Bama got the lead for good with a 6-0 run that made it 34-28, which was the Tide’s biggest lead at the time.

Alabama had one series that roused the crowd generously estimated at 9,343. Hale grabbed a rebound, bot it ahead to Michael Kessens, who threw to Obasohan in the lane. Obasohan was cut off and delivered a behind-the-back pass to a following Randolph who put it in for a 48-38 Alabama lead.

Alabama would get the lead out to double digits in the last eight minutes, but the final score was the biggest margin.

Alabama managed to take a 26-24 halftime lead primarily because of good hustle. Not much good showed up in the boxscore in the first 20 minutes, but Bama did have good effort on loose balls and turned in four blocked shots and four steals. The problem was making shots.

Missouri had some success in the lane, scoring 12 points in the paint. Half of Alabama’s eight field goals were on 4-12 three-point shooting.

TIDE NOTES: Starters for Alabama were poiint guard Retin Obasohan, guard Levi Randolph, wing Rodney Cooper, forward Shannon Hale, and center Jimmie Taylor.

Alabama now has a 6-3 record against Missouri. The Tide is 3-0 against the Tigers in Coleman Coliseum.

The win halted a two-game losing streak for Bama and extended Mizzou’s losing streak to seven.

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