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Alabama Men’s Basketball Upsets No. 19 South Carolina, 90-86, in 4OT Thriller....

on Wednesday, February 08, 2017

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Sophomore Avery Johnson Jr. registered a career-high 23 points to lead the Alabama men's basketball team to an upset 90-86 victory over No. 19 South Carolina on Tuesday night at Colonial Life Arena. The win gives the Crimson Tide its first victory over a top-25 team in a true road contest since taking a 77-73 win at then-No. 4 Mississippi State on Feb. 21, 2004.

In addition, Tuesday night's thriller was just the second quadruple overtime contest that Alabama has played in program history. The only other such game came on Feb. 12, 1972, when the Tide defeated LSU, 103-99.

"You have to take your hats off to both teams,"
Alabama head coach Avery Johnson said. "We fought tonight and showed a lot of character. We are coming off a deflating loss at home and I challenged these guys. We changed the way we prepare for games. We were able to jump on them at the start of the game and that gave us momentum throughout the game. Obviously they made a run to get it to overtime, but there was no quit in our team tonight."

"This was an SEC classic game - a game we will probably be watching 10 years from now. This was an outstanding game. I'm glad we were able to overcome a lot of adversity and bounce back to get the win. I'm proud of our guys; I can't say that enough. They never quit on us as a staff and never quit on each other."

The Tide bench outscored the Gamecock bench by a 56-5 margin in the 60 minute contest. Alabama won the batlle of the boards for the 10th time in 11 SEC games, outrebounding South Carolina by a 61-52 margin. Alabama shot 42 percent from the field on the night, while shooting 30 percent from beyond the arc.

The Tide will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 11, when it hosts 15th-ranked Kentucky at Coleman Coliseum in a game that is set to broadcast on CBS at noon CT.

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