Obasohan’s 15 Points Leads Tide to First Win in Gainesville in 21 Years
The Alabama men’s basketball team defeated Florida on the road on Saturday night, 61-55. The win snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Gators and also marks the first time the Tide has won in Gainesville since Feb. 25, 1995 (10 straight losses).
The Tide (15-9, 6-6 SEC) had to overcome adversity to clinch its fourth straight win and fifth win over its last six games. Leading 48-44 with 5:35 to play, senior Retin Obasohan was charged with his fifth foul. Arthur Edwards fouled out just 13 seconds later, but Alabama responded by holding Florida (16-9, 7-5 SEC) to 0-of-6 from the field over the next two minutes. In doing so, Alabama was able to extend its lead going on a 9-4 run over the next 5:03 to stretch its lead to 57-49 with 39 seconds remaining.
Obasohan was one of four Alabama players to reach double-figures with a game-high 15 points to go along with team highs of seven rebounds and two assists. Junior Jimmie Taylor had a big game as he finished with 11, including a couple of thunderous dunks late in the game, to go along with five blocked shots. Sophomore Justin Coleman and junior Shannon Hale each added 10 points off the bench.
Coleman ended the first half with a buzzer-beating three-pointer as Alabama trailed by four at halftime, 27-23. Both teams shot just 30 percent in the opening frame (9-of-30). Florida outrebounded the Tide 26-18 with 10 offensive rebounds.
The Tide pulled even with the Gators early in the second half, but would not take a lead until midway through the half. A 7-0 run over 2:16 gave Alabama a six-point lead, up 47-41, with 6:34 to play.
KeVaughn Allen and Dorian Finney-Smith scored 12 points to lead Florida, and Devin Robinson recorded a dozen rebounds.
Alabama stays on the road to face the conference-leading LSU Tigers on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. CT on SEC Network.
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