Green Wave rallies late to top Tide
Despite leading for the first 27 and a half minutes, the Alabama basketball team found a way to lose
to Tulane at home. Two late 3-pointers by Jordan Callahan did in the Tide, which fell to 7-5 with the 53-
50 defeat. The game was witnessed by an announced crowd of 12,445 and an ESPNU audience. They
saw a game of runs, mostly by the visitors. Bama has now lost five of its last six games.
“Tough one, again. It’s tough to go through the stretch we’re going through as a team,” said Tide
coach Anthony Grant. “I thought from an effort standpoint, our guys tried to do the things I asked them
“What cost us the game was that we had six, seven-minute stretches without scoring. They really
hurt us with some timely baskets late, and some second chance balls and offensive rebounds they were
able to come up with. We’ve got to be able to fight our way out of (this slump). I’m always searching for
answers, as a coach.”
Said Green Wave coach Ed Conroy, “We were fortunate at the end. I thought they had us out of
rhythm the entire night. We just stuck with our (defensive) principles, and got some good leadership
late in the game.”
Nick Jacobs and Trevor Lacey each scored 12 for Alabama, and Rodney Cooper chipped in nine. Lacey
and Moussa Gueye each had six rebounds. Tulane was led by Josh Davis’ 18 points and 12 rebounds.
“It’s tough to give accolades after a loss, but (Jacobs) gave us some inside scoring in the second half,
and that’s something we need,” said Grant.
Tulane led 10-5 in second chance points by virtue of 13 offensive rebounds, which helped the visitors
win the battle of the boards, 33-31.
The game was scoreless the first 2:51 until Lacey hit a driving layup. Lacey then blocked a Green
Wave shot, which set up two Trevor Releford free throws. Alabama led throughout the first 20 minutes
and took a 25-20 advantage to the locker room. The Tide defense held the Green Wave (11-3) to 28 per
cent shooting in the first half, but gave the visitors seven offensive boards leading to four second chance
points. In the second half, Tulane outshout Bama, 44 per cent to 37.5.
The Green Wave took its first lead of the evening with 12:39 to go in the game on a 3-pointer by
Pleasant Grove native Ricky Tarrant, who scored seven points. Seconds later, Ben Cherry hit from
downtown and Grant took a time out with 11:54 to go, trailing 36-31. Jacobs stopped a 12-0 Tulane run
with a hook with 10:42 left.
Bama went back in front when a Gueye block led to a pair of Jacobs buckets to cap an 8-0 run, and
with 8:38 to go the Tide led 39-36.
Following a media time out, Grant went to his press, Lacey stole the ball and dished to Retin
Obasohan, whose first career dunk put Bama up 42-36 and forced a time out by Tulane. The Tide run
had risen to 11-0.
With just under two minutes left, Jordan Callahan’s trey put Tulane back in front 47-45, and with
under a minute left Callahan struck again. Bama took time out down 50-45 with 48 seconds left,
victimized by an 11-0 Tulane run. Callahan finished with a dozen points.
Bama had a chance to send the game to overtime in the final seconds, but Cooper missed a 3-pointer
just before time expired.
Alabama will be back in action Jan. 5 at 3 p.m. when Oakland visits Coleman Coliseum. CSS is set to
televise the game.
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