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Strong Second Half Lifts Alabama Men’s Basketball Past LSU, 81-66...

on Sunday, January 15, 2017

Crimson Tide Men's Basketball:

Graduate senior guard Corban Collins scored a season-high 24 points, 18 of which came in the second half, to lead the Alabama men's basketball to an 81-66 road victory on Saturday afternoon at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. 

The Crimson Tide (10-6, 3-1 SEC) closed the game with strong second half, as it outscored the Tigers 30-12 over the final seven minutes, which resulted in the final score.

Junior forward Riley Norris scored a season-high 20 points to give the Tide a pair of 20-point scorers. Collins proved to be effective beyond the arc, as he made a career-high seven three-pointers (7-of-11) en route to his game-high scoring output. 

Sophomore Donta Hall added 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor, while freshman forward Braxton Key led the team in rebounding with nine boards to go along with seven points and three assists.

"Basically, it was a tale of two games for us and a tale of two halves,"
head coach Avery Johnson said. "In our last game (vs. Florida), we threw the ball all over the gym and had 18 turnovers." 

"Our opponents capitalized on our turnovers. We couldn't get our defense set. When we get our defense set, we feel like we're a pretty good defensive team. Tonight, especially in the second half, we did a good job of taking care of the ball. We got our defense set and executed. I thought overall we did a great job on (Antonio) Blakeney."

"Corban Collins, was unbelievable," Johnson said. "He made shots for us and kept us calm. When he got banged up a little bit in the last game, it hurt us because we need him in the game."

"I'm really proud of our team. We took quality shots in the second half unlike in the first half. We rebounded in the second half unlike the first half. We got some easy baskets in the second half. It was a great team win, and I'm really proud of this young man (Corban Collins) who you need to talk to."

Alabama will return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 18, when it hosts the Missouri Tigers in a game that is set to broadcast on ESPNU at 6 p.m. CT.

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