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Alabama Men’s Basketball Cruises Past Arkansas State, 67-52, in Rocket City Classic...

on Friday, December 23, 2016

Crimson Tide Men's Basketball:

Senior forward Jimmie Taylor scored a season-high 12 points to lead the Alabama men's basketball team to a decisive 67-52 victory over the Arkansas State Red Wolves on Wednesday night in the first annual Rocket City Classic.

The game was played in front of a sold out crowd at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala., as the Tide played here for just the second time in program history, with the only other game coming on Dec. 18, 1999, when Alabama captured a 75-51 victory over Chattanooga.
Taylor was one of three Alabama players to finish in double figures, as freshmen Braxton Key and Dazon Ingram registered 11 and 10 points, respectively. Junior Riley Norris also had a notable performance, as the local Albertville, Ala., native led the team in rebounds with nine while scoring eight points.

 "What a tremendous crowd we had tonight," head coach Avery Johnson said. "I would like to thank the city Huntsville for the great support we've had this week during our time here. We've done some things in the community and it was great to see the fans show up tonight. I think that really gave our guys some energy.

"As far as the game goes, I thought we did a great job d
efensively and we were very competitive tonight," Johnson said. "This is the first game we've had since I've been here that a team didn't make a three on us in the first half. We gave up a couple of long rebounds but I really liked our flow defensively.

Offensively, you saw us trying to run a little more. We simplified a couple of things, so we have something to build on. That's a really good team that's been scoring a lot of points. I'm really proud of our guys tonight." 

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