TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Rodney Cooper scored a game-high 23 points and Levi Randolph chipped in with 10 points and five assists to lead Alabama to a 65-53 victory over Tennessee Tech Saturday night.
It was a closely contested game until, with the score tied at 43-43 with 13:50 left, the Crimson Tide outscored the Golden Eagles 22-10 to win going away.
The final score matched Alabama’s largest lead of the game.
Tennessee Tech (5-3) scored the first six points of the game and built a 25-12 lead on a three-point shot by Torrance Rowe at the 8:30 mark. The Crimson Tide (6-2) responded with a 25-11 run to take a 37-36 lead at the half.
Charles Jackson scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Golden Eagles. Dwan Caldwell added 12 points and seven boards and Torrance Rowe added 10 points, all in the first half.
Crimson Tide: Entering the game Alabama was leading the nation in free throw shooting percentage (.803) making 139 of 173. . Levi Randolph was leading the SEC in free throw percentage (.976) making 41 of 42 and scoring average (18.9). … In its last game, a loss at Xavier, Alabama was outrebounded 33-22 and shot 12 fewer free throws than the Musketeers. . Alabama began a stretch of four games in nine days with six of its next seven games at home, its longest home stretch of the season. . Alabama’s next home game is December 19 against Stillman College, a Division II team also located in Tuscaloosa.
Golden Eagles: Tennessee Tech has not won a road game this season. . Coming into the game Charles Jackson was averaging a double-double, with 14 points and 10 rebounds per game. . Tennessee Tech is now 0-6 all-time against the Crimson Tide.
Crimson Tide: At Wichita State on Tuesday.
Golden Eagles: At North Florida on Monday.