It was a back-and-forth game early on, as Alabama’s junior forward Jimmie Taylor opened the scoring on a put back off of an offensive rebound. Both teams struggled in the opening minutes, as the Flyers held a 6-4 advantage at the first media timeout.
Senior guard Retin Obasohan evened the game at 16-16 after a basket following excellent ball movement by the Alabama offense, and Norris gave the Tide the lead at 18-16 when he grabbed a loose ball kept alive by Obasohan and converted a layup with exactly 10 minutes remaining in the first half.
The Flyers, however, began to heat up from there, putting together a quick 10-0 run to take the lead for good. That scoring run would eventually stretch to a 17-4 spurt, giving Dayton their first double-digit lead at 33-22. Over the course of the final 9:28 of the first half, the Flyers outscored Alabama 22-6 to open up a 40-24 lead going into the locker room.
Dayton was a perfect 9-for-9 from the foul line in the half and shot 41 percent (13-of-32) from field, draining five from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, the Tide committed 10 turnovers and shot just 30 percent (9-of-30) from the floor.
Alabama could not gain any traction in the second half, making only eight field goals in the second half while turning the ball over 10 more times.
Alabama did not have a player in double figures in scoring. Riley Norris was Bama’s top scorer with nine points. The top-scoring starter was Obasohan with 7 points on 2-10 shooting from the field.
Freshmen led Bama in rebounding. Substitute forward Donta Hall had 6, and starting guard Dazon Ingram 5.
For the game, the Flyers made 46.7 percent (28-60) of their shots, which included 9-of-21 from behind the arc. Dayton also hauled in 47 rebounds. The Tide was 29.8 percent (17-57) overall and recorded 34 rebounds.
Alabama had 20 turnovers, but Dayton had 18.
Next up, Alabama returns home for a matchup with the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns in Coleman Coliseum on Friday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CST.