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Alabama 67, Jacksonville State 59: Winning ugly beats no win at all

Dec 29, 2015; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Jacksonville State Gamecocks guard Delfincko Bogan (0) holds the ball as Alabama Crimson Tide forward Jimmie Taylor (10) defends during overtime at Coleman Coliseum. The Crimson Tide won 67-59. Mandatory Credit: Kelly Lambert-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 29, 2015; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Jacksonville guard Delfincko Bogan (0) holds the ball as forward Jimmie Taylor (10) defends during overtime at Coleman Coliseum. won 67-59. Mandatory Credit: Kelly Lambert-

by Chris DePew
TideFans Staff
December 29,

Box Score

In a game with little to recommend it other than the result, Alabama overcame a lethargic and blew an 11-point lead in the second half, but rallied to hold Jacksonville to a single field goal in overtime and escaped with a 67-59 home victory.

What did we learn today?: How thin the margin is between this being a dangerous and a disastrous one. In what turned out to be a 45-minute game, looked like the clearly better for maybe 15 of those minutes. was just 17-of-46 (37 percent) from the field, 5-of-24 from 3-point range and had to go 8-for-8 from the foul line in overtime to raise its free throw percentage to a paltry 65.1 percent. The Tide got outrebounded by the smaller and finished with more turnovers (13) than assists (10) with few fast breaks and a half-court offense that looked more stagnant than pond water. Another effort anywhere close to that will mean an automatic loss in conference play.

What was the best part of the game?: Defensive tenacity. Jacksonville ’s leading scorer, Malcolm Drumwright, had averaged 16.1 points per game but was held scoreless Tuesday. The turned it over 18 times, shot 34.4 percent from the field and barely made it to the foul line (6-of-8). While it would be nice to see if more aggression on could lead to more transition offense, it is hard to argue with the results two months in. Also worth noting was ’s turnaround after halftime. Barely a factor in the first 20 minutes, he roared back to finish with 13 points, six rebounds and five blocks; and in the process gave ’s offense a coherent focus. wasn’t terribly efficient from the field or the line, but did see significant time at small forward and grinded out a double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds).

Who was the star?: Graduate transfer showed more grit and hustle than anyone despite re-injuring a gimpy ankle (on a diving attempt for a steal) in the first half. He had to go to the locker room for treatment, but gutted it out to come back with a -high 16 points (on 5-for-11 shooting) and was one of the few clutch at the foul line (4-for-4). He also added five rebounds and three assists, even though he had to resort to the exercise bike to stay loose while resting in the second half.

What were the biggest concerns?: Retin Obasohan punctuated Alabama’s awful night at the foul line with his two misses in a tie game with 2.3 seconds remaining in the second half. Even a mediocre showing at the line would have given a solid win in regulation, but instead was lucky to see overtime after starting 20-for-35 at the stripe. Obasohan was a paltry 6-for-12 at the line and had company in his misery with Taylor (5-for-10) and Norris (4-for-7). He finished with eight points on 1-for-6 shooting from the field. Justin Coleman crashed back to earth after two big scoring games. He made all six foul shots (four in overtime) but was 0-for-6 from the field, 0-for-5 from long distance. After Saturday, Bama will have no more games it can survive with both guards playing that poorly.

Whats next?: Alabama gets one last non-conference game to work out the bugs when Norfolk visits Saturday for a 1 p.m. tip on the SEC Network.

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