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Despite improved shooting in second half, Tide basketball team falls at No. 24 Oregon (via Crimson Magazine)

11 Dec 2016 Stan J. Griffin

By Stan J. Griffin: December 11, 2016

THE SCORE: No. 24 Oregon 65, Alabama 56: The Crimson Tide falls despite a gritty effort against Dana Altman's Ducks on the road. Alabama trailed by 14 points in the first 20 minutes of play before it used a 7-1 run to cut the Oregon lead to 31-23 at the half. With the Tide trailing 53-46 in the second half, sophomore forward Donta Hall led Alabama on an 8-0 run that put UA up 54-53 with just over four minutes left. Oregon, however, countered that run with a game-ending 12-2 surge, and the Ducks tallied the final nine points of the contest.
The Ducks extended their home winning streak to 31 games.

SITE: Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, Ore.

RECORDS: Alabama 4-4, Oregon 8-2

KEY STARS FOR THE TIDE: Hall led the Crimson Tide with 14 points, while also adding seven boards, two assists, a steal and a block. Ar'Mond Davis also joined Hall in double-figure scoring with 10 points.

GOOD NUMBERS: The Crimson Tide outrebounded the host Ducks 33-27. Alabama had 11 offensive boards to six for Oregon. The Tide opened the second half by making 10 of its first 17 shots (58.8 percent) to whittle the lead down, setting up the dramatic final minutes of the game.

NOT SO GOOD NUMBERS: The Crimson Tide only shot 36 percent in the first half of the contest.  Alabama led 5-0 early in the contest before the Ducks went on a 21-4 run to go up 21-9 at the midway point of the first half.  Alabama only hit two of its 19 3-point attempts in the game and Davis missed all five of his attempts. Alabama had 18 turnovers in the game, while Oregon had 13.

COACH SPEAK: “We had to expend so much energy getting back in the game; we didn’t have a great first half at all,” Alabama head coach Avery Johnson said. “I mean, 11 turnovers (in the opening half), we didn’t shoot the three well and they shot the three better than us. But to our credit, we fought all the way back and gave ourselves a chance to win the game and then we got stuck there again at the end. We’ve just got to find ways to get quality shots.”

WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE TIDE: The Tide returns to action on Thursday, Dec. 15, when it hosts the USC Upstate Spartans at Coleman Coliseum in a game that is set to broadcast on the SEC Network+ at 7 p.m. CT. 

Special thanks: Alabama Athletics Communications

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