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Alabama Basketball comes up short against the No.3 Gators

MBBThe Alabama Men’s Basketball team traveled to Gainesville, Florida to take on the No. 3 Gators in the mid-day ESPN game. The Crimson Tide continues to struggle on the road and ultimately the Gators defense and intensity was just too much as Alabama falls 78 – 69.

Alabama got off to a slow start in the beginning falling behind but the Crimson Tide went on a 19-5 run to take as much as a seven point lead mid-way through the first half.  It was an impressive recovery by the Tide to match the Gators intensity to end the first half tied at 36 all.  Senior Trevor Releford led all scorers with 25 points in the game with 16 of those coming from the first half.  Releford was the only Alabama player in double digits on the day.

The second half started out pretty much like that of the first…initially.  After a quick transition down the floor and dunk by Key followed by a three-pointer by Releford the Crimson Tide went cold not scoring on their next several trips down the floor. Jacobs ended the drought with just under 14 minutes to play in the game but Florida’s defense was too strong as the Gators go on a 16-3 run and led by 12, 56-44, with 10:31 remaining in the game.

Alabama went into a full court press and tried to speed the game but with just around eight minutes to play the wheels seemed to have fallen off for the Tide.  Turning the ball over several times in a row and giving Florida a big gap.  That lead was all that the top five team needed to seal the win.

It was a tale of two halves as the Crimson Tide matched the intensity and drive of the Gators in the first half but they were unable to keep up and convert in the second half.  Alabama shot 61% in the first half and were a total of 55% in the game. Alabama went 6-11 from beyond the arch and were 86.4% from the free throw line. The Tide played hard and fought back the entire game but the Florida Gators proved why they are No. 3 in the nation and are undefeated in the SEC (10-0).

Alabama will be back in Coleman Coliseum on Tuesday February 11, where they will host the Ole Miss Rebels at 8 pm

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