The Alabama men's basketball team got off to a strongstart against in-state rival Auburn and never let up, rolling to a 73-57 winover the Tigers. Junior guard Levi Randolphhad another big night, pouring in 24 points while grabbing a team-high ninerebounds.
Alabama went on a 20-4 run in the first half to go up29-12 after a made three-point shot by sophomore guard Retin Obasohan. It wasone of six three-pointers the Tide made in the first half, which ties aseason-high. Alabama went into the half leading 36-21. The 21 points UA allowedthe Tigers was the lowest of the season.
Randolph's 24 points came on 6-of-11 (54.5 percent)shooting from the field, including 4-of-6 (66.7 percent) from behind thethree-point line. After having only one 20-plus point performance in his first94 games for the Tide, he's posted two in his last three games.
Obasohan had 13 points including going 2-of-3 from behindthe three-point line. Collectively, the Crimson Tide hit 10 three-point shotswhich ties a season-high.
Releford had a season-high seven assists, a team-highthree steals, and 16 points. He extended his streak of consecutive double-digitscoring games to 30 while also moving into sixth place on UA's all-time scoringlist with 1,825 points, passing James "Hollywood" Robinson (1991-93). He's now36 points shy of Jerry Harper (1953-56) for fifth all-time.
With the win, Grant moves to 7-3 against Auburn,including a 5-0 mark against the Tigers in Coleman Coliseum.
Auburn was led by KT Harrell's 21 points and was the onlyplayer to score in double-figures for the Tigers. SEC leading scorer ChrisDenson, who scored 32 points in the first match-up between the two teams,finished with six points on 2-of-15 shooting from the floor.
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