Bama Falls Short At Home Against Georgia

Faint hopes of Alabama (16-11, 6-8) reaching the NCAA tournament meant a victory over visiting Georgia (17-9, 8-6) was imperative. Teetering on the post season bubble and coming off two consecutive losses, the Bulldogs squeaked out a 66-65 overtime win over the Tide Saturday evening at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa.

The shot clock expired as Rodney Cooper was not able to get off an attempt with .8 seconds remaining from the right baseline after the in bounds pass.

Retin Obasohan recorded his first career double-double. He tied his season high with 16 points and registered a team, season, and career high 12 rebounds. Defensively, the redshirt junior guard was a force throughout the game breaking up numerous fast break opportunities with a steal, deflection, or shot block.

Freshman forward Riley Norris tallied a career high 14 points -- seven consecutive in a first half stretch -- and contributed six rebounds. Senior forward Rodney Cooper scored in double figures with 11. Alabama was woeful at the free throw line converting only 51.6 per cent on 16 of 31 as the Tide suffered its fourth SEC home loss and second overtime defeat of the year.

'BAMA Magazine/BamaMag.com captured the post game press conference with Coach Anthony Grant, Retin Obasohan, and Riley Norris. They discussed the last second play and disappointing overtime loss. The Tide overcame a nine point deficit, the largest of the game, to tie the score at the half, 24-24.

Alabama is at home on Tuesday to face the South Carolina Gamecocks (13-13, 4-10). The 6 p.m. CST contest will be broadcast by the SEC Network.


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