After playing to a 49-49 draw in the first half, Alabama cut the lead to three points before being outscored 14-3 in the late stages of the game.
"We had about two or three trips where we lost those guys," Alabama Head Coach Mark Gottfried said. "I like how we compete. We've just got to get better in some areas."
"We didn't guard them nearly as well as we could but they made some tough shots all night long," Gottfried said. "I'm not sure we're going to play that many teams that shoot the ball that well."
Alabama returns home Saturday against Alabama State to play at 6 p.m. at Coleman Coliseum.