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Alabama Men’s Basketball Tops Saint Louis, 62-57, in Consolation Game of Las Vegas Main Event...

on Friday, November 25, 2016

Crimson Tide Men's basketball:


Freshman Braxton Key scored 16 points to lift the Alabama men's basketball team to a 62-57 come-from-behind victory over the Saint Louis Billikens on Wednesday night in the consolation game of the Las Vegas Main Event at the MGM Grand. 

With the victory, the Crimson Tide improves to an overall 3-2 record, while Saint Louis falls to 2-3.

Alabama trailed by nine points, 54-45, with 5:17 left to go, forcing a timeout by head coach Avery Johnson. The Tide would come out of the time out by knocking down back-to-back threes by Key and Nick King which cut the lead to 54-51. 

After a made free throw and a layup by Saint Louis to extend its lead to 57-51 with 2:51 left, Key answered with another three as the Tide ended on an 11-0 spurt over the two-and-a-half minutes. 

Alabama's defense was the difference down the stretch, forcing six turnovers and holding the Billikens to just 1-for-5 shooting over the final five minutes.

The first half was a stalemate, as it featured six ties and seven lead changes. The Tide trailed by one at 15-14 at the midway point of the first half, before tying the score at 20-20 with 7:28 left on the clock. 

The contest continued to seesaw late in the half, as a pair of free throws from senior Corban Collins tied the score at 29-29 with 51 seconds remaining. The Billikens went on to hit a free throw before halftime, and Saint Louis took a one point lead at 30-29 going into the locker room.

Key led the Tide offensively scoring seven first half points, while making his first career start at Alabama. The Tide went 11-of-27 from the field in the half, while collecting 14 total rebounds.

Both teams continued to battle back-and-forth in the second half, until Saint Louis used a 9-2 run over 1:52 that turned a 45-43 lead into a 54-45 advantage with 5:56 left, setting up the game's final minutes.

The contest featured nine ties and 10 lead changes in all.

Alabama shot 43 percent from the field for the game, while knocking down 33 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the charity stripe..

The Tide will be back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 29, when it hosts Charleston Southern in a game that is set to broadcast on the SEC Network at 6 p.m. CT.

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