Alabama Men’s Basketball Wins at Florida, 61-55
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Alabama men’s basketball team (15-9, 6-6 Southeastern Conference) took down Florida (16-9, 7-5 SEC) on the road on Saturday by a final score of 61-55. It is the first victory for the Crimson Tide at Florida since Feb. 25, 1995.
Both teams struggled to consistently make baskets throughout the first half. Alabama and Florida finished the opening 20 minutes just 9-of-30 (30 percent) from the floor. The period featured four ties and seven lead changes. The Gators held the largest lead of the half at 27-20 in the final seconds before sophomore Justin Coleman banked in a three-pointer from well behind the arc at the buzzer to trim the lead to 27-23 at the break.
The Tide took its first lead of the second half on a trey by Coleman at the 13:36 mark, but Florida responded with a three-pointer to move back in front. Alabama claimed the lead for good with 8:50 to play when senior Retin Obasohan converted a three-point play. The Tide’s advantage would swell to as many as eight points in the final minute as Alabama put the game away from the free throw line.
Florida never got going on the offensive end, finishing the game 18-for-63 (28.6 percent) from the field and just 3-of-21 from deep. The Tide heated up in the second half, shooting 12-for-20 (60 percent) while totaling 12 points from the charity stripe.
Alabama stays on the road for its next contest, taking on the LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge, La., on Wednesday, Feb. 17. The game will tip at 8 p.m. CT and will air live on the SEC Network.