Alabama had won eight o the last 10 games going into the highly-charged Auburn Arena, where new coach Bruce Pearl has tried to resusitate the Auburn program. Instead, Alabama had one of its best performances of the year to complete the sweep of the Tigers this season.
The win improves Alabama’s record on the season to 16-10, including a 6-7 mark in Southeastern Conference play. Auburn falls to 12-14 on the campaign, 4-9 in SEC play.
?Despite trailing 36-33 at the halfway mark, Alabama outscored Auburn 46-32 in the second half to earn the victory. The Tide dropped a quick 14 points coming out of the half, and never trailed after the 15-minute mark. Levi Randolph (15) and Retin Obasohan (14) each scored in double figures in the second half.
Senior captain Levi Randolph led the scoring attack for the Tide, dropping a team-high 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including 2-of-3 from three-point range. Retin Obasohan and Rodney Cooper also reached double figures for Alabama, collecting 16 and 13 points respectively. Alabama outrebounded Auburn 40-26, led by Jimmy Taylor’s eight boards.
Rodney Cooper entered the game needing two points to reach 1,000 for his career. Cooper’s 13 points paired him with Randolph as the second Alabama player to eclipse the 1,000-point mark for his career this season. Cooper and Randolph represent the first Crimson Tide duo to each reach 1,000 career points in the same season since Alonzo Gee and Richard Hendrix achieved the feat during the 2007-08 season.
Alabama will begin a stretch of playing three of its next four games at Coleman Coliseum when the Tide hosts the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday at 7 p.m. CST on ESPN2. It will be the lone meeting between the Tide and Bulldogs this season.