Alabama Men’s Basketball Defeats Clemson on the Road, 51-50 [VIDEO]
The Alabama men’s basketball team (6-2) defeated the Clemson Tigers (6-3), 51-50, on Sunday evening in Greenville, S.C. Senior Retin Obasohan paced the offense with a new career-high of 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the field while the Tide enjoyed a 21-9 advantage on the offensive glass. The victory marks the fourth consecutive away from home for the first time since the 2001-02 season.
Alabama started hot from beyond the arc, draining four treys to spark a 13-2 run after trailing 5-3 early in the game. The teams traded runs from there, but it was the Tide’s 13-2 stretch late in the opening half that resulted in a 30-19 lead at the 5:36 mark. The Tigers pulled within 30-26, but Alabama scored the last four points to hold an eight-point lead going into the locker room. Obasohan totaled 15 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the field.
The Tide and Tigers struggled to begin the second half, as both teams made only four field goals over the first eight minutes. Clemson trimmed the lead to two at 45-43 midway through the second period, but a three-point play by junior Shannon Hale ended the threat. However, Alabama suffered a cold streak offensively, making only two of 15 attempts from the field to allow the Tigers to stay close. A three pointer by Clemson’s Donte Grantham gave his team the lead at 50-49, their first lead since 5-3 in the opening minutes. A steal and layup by Hale with under 30 seconds remaining put the Tide back ahead at 51-50. Clemson could not get a good look at the basket on its ensuing possession, eventually knocking the ball out of bounds.
Next up, Alabama returns home to take on the Winthrop Eagles on Wednesday, Dec. 16th, at 8:00 p.m. CT. The game will air on SEC Network.