Tide Basketball Upset By Belmont

The Alabama men's basketball team took a page from the Crimson Tide football team Monday night. Just two days after the humiliating football loss to Louisiana-Monroe, the Bama basketball team was downed by Belmont.

Alabama trailed most of the game against the Belmont Bruins of the Atlantic Sun Conference, but the Tide lost on a short jumper in the final 2.2 seconds.

Back-to-back clutch three-point shots by Mykal Riley pulled Bama to a tie at 83-83 with 21 seconds to play. The Bears spread the floor and got the ball to senior guard Justin Hare who connected from just inside 15 feet. Riley had good defense on Hare, who in his Belmont career has now made 13 shots to either win a game or send it to overtime.

Alabama fell to 2-1. Bama will host Southern Mississippi at 7 p.m. Friday in Coleman Coliseum.

Alabama's last chance was Demetrius Jemison making a length-of-court inbounds pass to Richard Hendrix, who tipped the ball to Mikhail Torrance. Torrance got off a rushed shot that did not come close.

"We got beat by a very good basketball team and a very well-coached team," Alabama Coach Mark Gottfried said. "What you can see is their experience, their veteran play, and the way that they didn't get rattled. They are six games into their season, and they are a lot farther along than we are at this time."

Alabama got another good game from Hendrix, who scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his third straight double-double to start the season.

"You have to give them credit," Hendrix said. "They work like that every day. They practice and play that way. They executed. It is just on us now to find ourselves and bounce back. We have to put this one behind us."

Other key contributors for Alabama included Riley, who finished with 15 points on five 3-pointers, and Alonzo Gee, who had 13 points to go with nine rebounds. Sophomore forward Demetrius Jemison also scored in double figures with 15 points.

Belmont held a 50-44 lead at the half due to some hot shooting from behind the arc. The Bruins connected on 8-18 three-pointers in the first half before cooling in the second, only hitting 3-13.

"It was our inability to guard, especially in the first half that hurt us," Gottfried said. "We had a lot of small errors that added up to monumental things. Good teams take advantage of that. Good teams don't let you survive. Experience was the difference in this game, and it showed tonight."

Belmont was led by guards Alex Renfroe and Hare who scored 15 points each.

Alabama scored one more field goal, hitting 33 of 66 to Belmont's 32-66. Both teams hit 10 free throws, Bama in 15 attempts, the Bears in 14 tries. The scoring difference was in the three-point shots with Belmont making 11-31, Alabama 7-23.

Alabama had only a one rebound advantage, 37-36. Both teams had 15 turnovers.

Alabama played three men at point guard. Although the Tide got zero points from starter Torrance, Brandon Hollinger and Rico Pickett, Torrance and Hollinger had six assists each.

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