Tide disposes of MVSU

The Alabama men's basketball team of Coach Mark Gottfried had very little trouble in advancing to the second round of the Guardians' Classic Tuesday night as the Crimson Tide raced to an early lead and disposed of Mississippi Valley State, 107-67, in Coleman Coliseum.

Alabama will take on Samford in the second round of the tournament Wednesday night. Samford defeated Loyola-Marymount, 72-60, in Tuesday's first game.

The winner of the Alabama-Samford game will advance to Kansas City next week for the semifinals and finals. Mississippi Valley and Loyola-Marymount will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in a consolation game.

The Alabama-Samford game will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the opening game, probably a little after 8 .m. CST.

Alabama connected on 15 three-point shots, one short of the school record in the season-opening victory over Mississippi Valley. Bama had 10 three-point baskets at halftime, but substitutes played much of the second half.

The Tide was led by Rod Grizzard, who had 22 points in 22 minutes of play. Terrance Meade had 17 points. Freshman point guard Mo Williams had 15 points, all in the first half, while freshman wing guard Earnest Shelton had 15 points, all on three-pointers. Williams had a game-high eight assists.

Erwin Dudley had only nine points, but pulled down 10 rebounds as Bama won the battle of the boards, 60-33.

Alabama had a 59-24 halftime lead.

All 10 Alabama players seeing action in the game scored.

The only weakness in Alabama's game Tuesday was free throw shooting. The Tide made only 12 of 24 foul shots. The Tide hit 50 per cent from the field, including 40.5 per cent from three-point range. Meanwhile, Alabama held Mississippi Valley to only 39.4 per cent shooting.

Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried was impressed with his team's opening half performance. "I thought we played really well, especially in the first half," he said. "We covered both ends well, offensively and defensively."

Mississippi Valley State's D'Jamel Jackson led all scorers with 32 points and four rebounds. Steven Redd chipped in 14 points on five-of-10 shooting.

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