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No. 8/5 Alabama Shines in Second Half to Capture 89-79 Come-From-Behind Win Over Georgia - University of Alabama Athletics
No. 8/5 Alabama Shines in Second Half to Capture 89-79 Come-From-Behind Win Over Georgia
Crimson Tide finishes regular season at 21-6 overall and 16-2 in SEC play to tie for most conference wins in a season in program history
ATHENS, Ga. – The No. 8/5 Alabama men’s basketball team scored 59 points in the second half, while shooting 63.3 percent (19-of-30) from the floor and 80 percent (8-of-10) from beyond the arc, to secure an 89-79 come-from-behind victory over Georgia in both team’s regular season finale on Saturday inside Stegeman Coliseum.
With the victory, the Crimson Tide finishes the regular season at 21-6 overall, the most wins since 2012-13, and 16-2 in SEC play which matches the 1986-87 squad (16-2) for the most victories in league play in school history.
Guard Jahvon Quinerly led Alabama with 18 points, all coming in the second half, while collecting five rebounds and four assists in the contest. Joining Quinerly in double figures was guard John Petty Jr., who had 15 points and a team-leading seven boards, along with Jaden Shackelford (14), Joshua Primo (11) and Herbert Jones (10).
Georgia (14-11, 7-11) began the contest on fire and jumped out to a 29-15 lead through the first 11-plus minutes. However, Alabama ended the first half on a 15-7 run over the final 8:03 and began the second half on a 15-2 run to result in a 45-38 Crimson Tide lead with 15:58 left in the contest. In all, the 30-9 run spanned halftime and lasted 12:05.
Coach Nate Oats Postgame Comments
“I thought Georgia really came ready to play today. They were a lot more ready than we were. Give coach (Tom) Crean and his staff and players all the credit. I thought our guys didn’t play a particularly great first 10 minutes. They jumped out on us 29-15. From that point on, I thought we really picked it up. We finished the first half on a 15-7 run and started the second half on a 15-2 run, so that 30-9 score turned a14-point deficit into a seven-point lead. We can’t afford to come out the way we did tonight in Nashville. I thought JQ didn’t have a great first half, but I thought he was dynamite in the second half. He had 18 points in the second half, and they couldn’t keep him out of the lane. There is some credit that goes to some guys who maybe don’t get as much notoriety as some of our other guys. I think this is just a team that pulls for each other. For us to finish at 16-2 in the SEC and tie for the most wins in school history shows a lot of what this team is made of. We have to get back to playing more like we did in the second half than we did in the first half when we get to Nashville.”