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Alabama 82, Southern 62: Shorthanded Tide aces easy first test

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Alabama 82, Southern 62: Shorthanded Tide aces easy first test

Bama got the most out of its mix-and-match lineup, including a solid debut from freshman point guard Kira Lewis. The 17-year-old from Meridianville looked perfectly comfortable stepping up to the college game, delivering seven of Alabama’s 17 assists in 29 minutes. Donta Hall (20 points) and John Petty (17) delivered almost half the points, with Tevin Mack and Galin Smith adding 10 apiece.

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Basketball Preview Part 2: Size and savvy defines this year’s Crimson Tide

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Basketball Preview Part 2: Size and savvy defines this year’s Crimson Tide

Part 2: Entering year four of the Avery Johnson era, Alabama has firmly established an identity, even if it isn’t the frantic fast-breaking style Johnson would prefer in his heart. What the Crimson Tide has is a roster short on pure scorers but blessed with an abundance of tall, lanky athletes with impressive wingspans, plenty of game experience and a commitment to tenacious defense.

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