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Crimson Tide Men's Basketball:...

on Saturday, November 19, 2016

Crimson Tide Men's Basketball:

The Alabama men's basketball team used a strong performance from its reserves as it defeated Ball State, 77-59, on Friday night in Coleman Coliseum. Senior Shannon Hale led the Tide with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor in 19 minutes of action.

Hale was joined in double-figures by junior Ar'Mond Davis' 17 points, while sophomore Avery Johnson Jr. added 13 points, six assist and five boards. All three players came off the bench to lead the Tide.

"It was a really good bounce-back win for us tonight," Alabama head coach Avery Johnson said. "One of the things we stressed was defending the three-point line. Teams have been shooting over 40 percent on us from the three-point line. 

We did a great job of contesting them at the line and closing out help side defense. We got off to a little bit of a slow start offensively, but our defense was good. Then we got a huge boost from the guys that came off the bench. Two of them are up here with me: Shannon and Avery. Ar'mond played well for us off the bench. I am proud of our team."

The game remained scoreless for the first four and a half minutes of play as the teams combined to go 0-of-11 to start the game. However, the teams responded by combining to hit nine of their next 11 shots from the floor, as Alabama took a 13-12 lead at the 12:14 mark. Alabama used a 21-7 run over a span of 9:36 to turn a 15-14 deficit into a 36-21 advantage. The Tide never looked back has it led by double figures the rest of the way.

The Tide bench outscored Ball State's reserves 30-6 in the first half. Hale put up 13 points off the bench in the opening 20 minutes to lead all scorers. Hale went 5-of-8 from the field and 3-of-5 from deep. Alabama earned 11 points off nine turnovers while the Cardinals scored none.

Alabama (2-1) picked up where it left off to start the second half. With 19:12 on the clock, the Tide went on a 10-0 run to take a 48-28 lead, its largest of the game to that point. Ball State (1-2) responded with seven straight points to cut the lead to 48-35, however, Alabama put the game away with a 20-4 run over the next 4:12 to extend its lead to 68-39.

The trio of Hale (3-of-5), Davis (5-of-7) and Johnson (3-of-3) combined to go 11-of-15 from beyond the arc as the Tide's reserves combined to match Ball State's total scoring output of 59 points, outscoring the Cardinals 59-13. Ingram added eight points and five boards in the winning effort.

The Tide also forced 21 turnovers that resulted in 26 points, compared to six points-off-turnovers for Ball State.

Tayler Persons led the Cardinals with 15 points while Trey Moses scored 12. Tahjai Teague finished with a game-high 11 boards.

Alabama will wrap up the Las Vegas Main Event next week beginning with a contest against Valparaiso on Monday, Nov. 21 at 11 p.m. CT, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. Following that game, the Tide will take on either BYU or Saint Louis on Wednesday.

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