Tide Makes It Look Hard In Win

Alabama has an all-time record of 36-3 against teams that make up the Ohio Valley Conference. Most of those wins weren't as difficult as the one the Crimson Tide had against Tennessee State in Coleman Coliseum Wednesday night.

Alabama got clutch late-game play from JaMychal Green and Mikhail Torrance to finally put away a scrappy Tennessee State team, 77-65, at Coleman Coliseum. The win improved Alabama's record to 9-4, while the Tigers fell to 3-10.

Alabama now goes on the road for a final non-conference game and for the start of Southeastern Conference play before returning to Tuscaloosa. Bama will be at Toledo at 6 p.m. CST Monday, open SEC play at LSU at 4 p.m. January 9, and make its next home appearance against Vanderbilt at 8 p.m. January 13.

Alabama had only a 30-26 lead at intermission. Tennessee State never led in the second half, but the Tigers got as close as two points, the last time at 55-53 with 7:16 to play in the game.

Both teams played full court pressure defense throughout the game, contributing to what would be called a sloppy contest. Both teams had 16 turnovers. Alabama got a little more out of the turnovers, scoring 21 points to the Tigers' 17.

It was inside that the bigger Alabama took greatest advantage against Tennessee State. Green scored 19 points on 8-11 field goal shooting and Justin Knox added 10 on 4-7 shooting. Bama scored 40 points in the paint, the Tigers only 14.

Also in double figures in scoring for Alabama were Senario Hillman with 15 and Torrence with 14. Hillman had six assists and three steals. Green had four steals and had five blocked shots and Knox had three rejections. Bama blocked 10 shots, while the Tigers had only two blocks.

Tennessee State was led by Josh Sain with 18 points (5-8 on three-point shots), Will Peters with 16, and Jacquan Nobles with 15.

Tennessee State took nearly half its shots (23 of 59) from three-point range, but it was a pair of second half Bama three-pointers -- one from about 35 feet by Senario Hillman and one well behind the arc by Torrance -- that were pivotal. Both came with the shot clock winding down and Bama nursing small leads.

Tennessee State had a one rebound edge, 33-32.

Alabama shot 56.5 per cent from the field (26-46) and held the Tigers to only 39 per cent (23-59). From the three-point line, Bama was 50 per cent (5-10) and the visitors 11-23 for 47.8 per cent.

Both teams scored 57 points from the field. Bama's advantage was at the free throw line. Although the Tide missed four important foul shots in the final few minutes, for the game Alabama was 20-29 (69 per cent) and Tennessee State made only 8-15 (53.3 per cent).

In a preliminary game, the Alabama women's basketball team defeated Southern Miss, 87-61.

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