Tide Falls to Tigers in Avery Johnson’s First Trip to Auburn, 83-77
The Alabama men’s basketball team (10-7, 1-4 Southeastern Conference) lost a tough battle, 83-77, against the Auburn Tigers (9-8, 3-3 SEC) Tuesday night inside Auburn Arena. Senior Retin Obasohan totaled 27 points to set a new career high in the loss.
Auburn raced out to a 10-2 lead, but Alabama responded with a 12-0 stretch. That run would be part of an extended 22-4 run over 8:24, giving the Tide a 24-14 advantage. The Tigers struggled from the field for most of the half, but chipped away at their deficit from the free throw line. An 11-0 push by Auburn allowed them to regain the lead at 25-24. To close the half, the home team made six of their final nine shots to surge ahead by as many as eight points. Alabama was able to close within three, 40-37, going into the half.
Both teams shot well out of the break. The Tide was able to even the score at 46-46 and 49-49 but could never pull in front. The Tigers put together a 6-0 run for a 58-51 lead at the 13:39 mark. Alabama would get no closer than two points the rest of the way.
Joining Obasohan in doubles figures was junior Shannon Hale, who recorded 13 points for the game. Junior Jimmie Taylor once again led Alabama in rebounding, collecting eight to go along with eight points. Obasohan also hauled in six boards.
The Tide returns home after consecutive road games to face LSU on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 1:00 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU.
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