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Levi Randolph with career-high night leads the Tide to a big win against Missouri

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Levi Randolph had a career high night in Coleman Coliseum with 33 points in route to defeat the Missouri Tigers 80-73.  The Alabama Basketball team returned home to take on the Tigers for the second time this season with Missouri winning the first meeting in Columbia.  The Crimson Tide has only been in Coleman Coliseum two other times in February, playing three games total at home during the month.   The Crimson Tide victory is only their third in eleven games.

Randolph exploded onto the court tonight with four dunks and making five-of-seven three-pointers and two rebounds helping Alabama to take the lead from Missouri mid-way through the first half as the teams fought for control.  By the end of the half the Crimson Tide, and Randolph, took over the game going into the locker-room with a 42-35 lead and fans standing to applaud the first half effort.LSUBBall_UA_0033

Releford was the second leading scorer for the Alabama with 18 points and 10 of those coming in the second half.  Releford was three-of-seven from beyond the arc but those points came at crucial times to extend the lead for Alabama primarily in the second half. Releford played more of a supporting role initially with assists to Randolph, Cooper (9 points) and Obasohan (8 points).  The total points posted by Releford marks his 28th consecutive game in double figures.

As a team, Alabama was 57.4 percent from the field and 55.2 percent from the free throw line while making 10-21 three-pointers.

Alabama improves with the much needed win to 11-16 (5-9 SEC) while Missouri drops to 19-8 (7-7 SEC).

The Tide is back on the road to finish out the month traveling to Ole Miss where they will take on the Rebels on Wednesday (2-26-14) at 7PM.

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