DAYTON, Ohio - In its first true road game of the season, the Alabama men’s basketball team fell to the Dayton Flyers by a score of 74-62.
Junior forward Tony Mitchell led the No. 15 ranked Crimson Tide (6-2, 0-0 SEC) with 18 points and three rebounds. Sophomore guard Trevor Releford scored all 13 of his points after the break, while senior forward JaMychal Green added a dozen points of his own. Freshman guard Trevor Lacey contributed eight points and four assists off the bench.
“Dayton came out with great passion and brought the energy they needed to bring,” UA head coach Anthony Grant said. “We played like a team that was playing its first road game. We didn't play with the focus and intensity needed to beat a team like Dayton on their home court.”
Alabama struggled to find its rhythm in the first half. Green scored the Tide’s first six points in the first four minutes, but found himself in foul trouble in that span and was on the bench the remainder of the half. Mitchell led the team in the first half with 12 points. Alabama went into the break trailing 38-27 after Lacey made a three-pointer to end the half.
The Tide continued to struggle until halfway through the second half when they were able to narrow the gap with an 11-0 run. Dayton had led by as many as 17 points, but the Tide cut the lead to six points and trailed 57-51 with just over eight minutes remaining in the game. However, it was not enough as the Flyers pulled away to win the game by a dozen after shooting 52.6% from three-point range on the night.
Dayton (6-3, 0-0 A-10) was led by senior forward Chris Johnson, who scored 20 points on eight-of-nine shooting, including a trio of three-pointers.
The Tide returns home to Coleman Coliseum Sunday, Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. (CST) to face the University of Detroit Titans.
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