Tide topples Faulkner 91-71 in exhibition game
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (faulknereagles.com) – The University of Alabama capitalized on mismatched size and 15 first-half Faulkner turnovers to help propel itself into a 12-point lead at the break and eventual 91-71 final here at Coleman Coliseum this evening.
Logan Jozwiak was brilliant and efficient for the Eagles going 7-for-10 on the night and leading all scorers with 21 points. The junior also knocked down a court-high five 3-pointers in eight tries.
Jozwiak was no slouch on defense either and spearheaded the visitors with six rebounds. Only Alabama’s Braxton Key had more boards with 7.
Marquis Grays hit three shots from deep territory as part of his 15 points, while Di’mar Hill, who made his first court presence of the year tonight, followed with 13 points.
Nick Barnes added 10, the lion’s share of which came in the final few minutes of play.
Christian Kennedy, who certainly would have helped the Eagles in the size department, didn’t play. The 6-foot-11-inch transfer is still battling an injury, but is expected back in the near future.
The Crimson Tide was led by Ar’Mond Davis with 17 points and he added six rebounds.
Damon Ingram contributed 15 points and five rebounds and Nick King had 11 points and four boards.
“I was proud of our guys, I really was,” head coach Scott Sanderson told the press after the game. “I think they competed at a high level. A lot of times in these kind of games you have some really bad turnovers. We had 15 in the first half, that’s just way too many. We only had three in the second half. If we had just cut those 15 turnovers in half it would have been a six-point game, but we didn’t.”
“Sometimes nerves play a part in that,” he added, “and that’s unfortunate. I thought we did a decent job in the first half competing with them on the backboard. I really like the way our guys competed. We got to play nine or 10 guys and I’m still trying to figure out my team. I told them, ‘you know, we don’t have to beat Alabama to go where we need to go.’ We’re going to be very good in our league. So, we feel good about our team and the rest of the season coming up.”
Faulkner will next travel to Selma to take on Concordia at 6 p.m. on Nov. 12.