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Men’s Basketball Uses Second-Half Surge to Top Coastal Carolina, 70-53...

on Saturday, November 12, 2016

Crimson Tide Men's Basketball:

The Alabama men's basketball team opened the season with a 70-53 victory over Coastal Carolina in front of 14,579 fans at Coleman Coliseum Friday night. After trailing by six at intermission, the Tide used a 17-2 run in the opening minutes of the second half to propel it to a double-digit victory.

Alabama senior guard Corban Collins led the Tide with 15 points, while going 3-of-7 from beyond the arc and sinking all six of his free throws. He also added three assists without a turnover and a pair of steals. 

Junior forward Riley Norris finished with 14 points and also made three from three-point range, while redshirt freshman Dazon Ingram hit all three of his shots from beyond the arc and finished with 11 points, along with a team-best five assists and just one turnover.

Trailing 38-33 with 18:46 to play, Alabama (1-0) used a 9-0 spurt to spark its 17-2 run that lasted nearly eight minutes, turning the five point deficit into a 50-40 lead. 

The Tide's defense was nearly as impressive as it held Coastal Carolina to just nine points in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Over the first six and a half minutes of the half, the Tide shot 75 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range.

Alabama held the Chanticleers to just 1-of-9 shooting from the field and 1-of-13 from the floor over the opening eight minutes from the second half.

After Coastal Carolina trimmed the lead to just four points, 52-48, with 7:24 to play, Collins, Ingram and Norris connected on three consecutive three-pointers to spark an 18-5 run to end the contest, resulting in the final score.

The Tide got off to a rough start in the first half, turning the ball over four times in a five and a half minute span. Alabama got help on the defensive side of the ball, however, recording five blocks and five steals in the first 20 minutes. The Tide held Coastal Carolina to 30 percent shooting from the field, but trailed 33-27 at halftime.

The win marked the fewest points allowed in a season-opener since 2011-12 when Alabama defeated North Florida, 64-44.

Colton Ray-St Cyr led the Chanticleers with 13 points while Demario Beck finished with a game-high eight rebounds.

Alabama continues play at home on Tuesday, Nov. 15 to take on Dayton in Coleman Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 12:15 p.m. CT with the game airing on ESPN2 as a part of the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon.

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