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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Guard Trevor Lacey led the Alabama men’s basketball to a 66-62 victory over Texas Tech Wednesday night with 21 points, six rebounds, and a steal. The sophomore also led the Crimson Tide from behind the three-point line, going 4-5.
“I’m proud of our guys for sticking together,” UA head coach Anthony Grant said. “I thought we did a good job in the first half attacking their zone and just making plays. In the second half, we had 12 turnovers and went nearly nine minutes with only one basket. I thought we did a good job weathering the storm and we were able to come away with the win.”
Junior guard Trevor Releford added 17 points and a team-high three steals. He went 11-14 from the free-throw line. Junior forward Jaye Crockett came off the bench for the Red Raiders, scoring a game-high 22 points and 11 rebounds.
Alabama jumped out to an early lead and was ahead 43-27 at the half. Texas Tech outpointed the Tide by eight points in the second half, but Alabama held on for the four-point win to go to 7-3 on the season while Texas Tech go to 5-3.
“I told the guys in the locker room after the game that we almost let one slip away unnecessarily today and I think they understood that,” Grant said. “We are happy we won, but we understand we have to do a better job of playing the entire 40 minutes.”
For the game, Alabama shot 51.1% (23-45) from the field and 35.7% (5-14) from behind the three-point arc. The Tide held Texas Tech to 37.9% (22-58) from the field. Alabama outrebounded the Red Raiders 33-28. Junior center Moussa Gueye led the Tide with seven rebounds.
Alabama plays again Saturday, December 22, against Mercer at home. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. CT and will be televised by CSS and the radio broadcast will be carried by the Crimson Tide Sports Network.
Christopher Walsh covers Alabama football for BamaOnline, 247Sports, and is the author of 18 books.
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