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Alabama Basketball returns to Coleman to thrash North Florida

BBall_TTU002Anthony Grant’s basketball team returned to Coleman Coliseum tonight after dropping two consecutive games to Duke and Drexel in New York. But the Crimson Tide didn’t let those disappointing losses linger as they defeated North Florida 76-48 in front of a few thousand people. Alabama moves to 4-3 on the season while North Florida goes to 5-5.

Our guys really set the tone from a defensive standpoint tonight,” UA Head Coach Anthony Grant said. “I felt like our guys came out with great focus and great energy. I thought it was a dominant defensive performance.”

The Ospreys came into the game averaging over 75 points out of nine games and that includes loses at Florida and Ohio State. The Crimson Tide blocked seven shots on the night and outscored North Florida 32-20 in the paint.  Alabama jumped out to a  27 – 15 lead with just under 8 minutes to go in the first half with Levi Randolph leading the way scoring 10 points followed by Taylor with eight up to that point in the game. Randolph scored a career high on the night with 20 points while freshman Jimmie Taylor also set a personal best with 12 points.   BBall_TTU009

Alabama had a season-high 18 assists on 26 field goals. The previous high was 17 in a 102-65 win over Stillman.

The Crimson Tide sent in at halftime leading 36-23 and came out for the second half to outscore North Florida 40-25 and finish the game.

Nick Jacobs had 13 and Trevor Releford 10 as the other two double-figure scorers.

Alabama will head to Tampa on Saturday and take on the other end of the state of Florida.  Tip-off with South Florida is set for 8 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU.

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