Although Bama trailed 36-35 at halftime and won by just six points, the Crimson Tide was never in any real danger of losing the game. Alabama led by as many as 17 points in the second half and had a 10-point lead with two and a half minutes remaining in the game. The Tide had turned the first half deficit into a 10-point lead within the first four minutes of the second half.
Alabama's troubles were primarily those of field goal shooting, or lack thereof. Bama took a school record 35 three-point shots (against only 30 two-point field goal attempts), but made only 13 of them, an anemic 37 per cent. For the game the Tide hit only 32 per cent of its field goals. Chattanooga had more points from the field, but Alabama was good on 19 of 21 foul shots, while the visiting Moccasins were able to make only six of eight free throws.
Chattanooga out-scored Alabama 24-16 in the paint and the aggressive Mocs had 11 second chance points to only two for Bama. However, Alabama converted 16 Chattanooga turnovers into 27 points, while the Mocs got only nine points off Alabama's 11 turnovers.
Alabama had only a slight edge in reboudning, 40-37. Rod Grizzard and Terrance Meade had 16 points each to pace Alabama, while Erwin Dudley and Maurice Williams had 13 each. Dudley also led the Tide in rebounding with 10. Grizzard was the only Alabama regular to turn in a good shooting night as he connected on seven-of-12 from the field.
Former Alabama player Neil Ashby had 13 points for Chattanooga, while forward Tim Parker of Tuscaloosa came off the bench to score 10 for the Mocs.
Alabama, now 6-1, has some unusual "tournaments" this year in which the Crimson Tide will play just one game. This weekend is the first of those. The John Wooden Classic will be played in Anaheim, California, Saturday with Alabama meeting highly-ranked UCLA. Tipoff Saturday in a game that will be televised by Fox Sports will be at 4 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, which is 6 p.m. Central Standard Time. Mark Gottfried was an assistant coach at UCLA when the Bruins won a national championship, and Gottfried is still close to the former UCLA coaching legend for whom this tournament is named.
The Tide returns to Tuscaloosa December 14 against Jacksonville State.