Alabama Falls at Home to Mercer, 66-59
Ala. - The Alabama men's basketball team fell to the Mercer Bears,
66-59, in Saturday's game at Coleman Coliseum. Trevor Releford led the
Crimson Tide with 19 points and Rodney Cooper scored 17 points and led
the team with seven rebounds. With the loss, the Tide falls to 7-4 on
the season, while the Bears improve to 7-6 overall.
led by Daniel Coursey's game-high 20 points. Travis Smith added 17
points and two other Mercer starters scored in double figure as Jakob
Gollon and Langston Hall chipped in with 10 points each.
went 21-53 (39.6%) from the field, 4-14 (28.6%) from behind the three
point arc and 13-20 (65%) from the foul line. The Bears shot 40.7
(22-54) percent from the field and outrebounded the Tide, 35-33,
including 12 offensive boards, which led to 16 second chance
points. Alabama used eight players in the game and had eight
points from the bench.
Both teams got out to a slow start in the
first half with the lead changing three times before the 10 minute
mark. Trailing, 9-8, Alabama went on 14-2 run over the next seven
minutes to open a 22-11 advantage with six minutes left in until
halftime. The Tide's lead reached as many as 12 points, 25-13, before
Mercer went on a 7-0 run to cut the UA advantage to five with 55
seconds remaining on the clock. Alabama, who scored 15 points off nine
first half Mercer turnovers, held a 27-22 lead at the break.
was led in the first by Trevor Releford's nine points and two steals.
Mercer's Daniel Coursey led all scorers in the first half with 10
points after putting up the Bears' first six points of the game.
came out strong in the second half, holding a 39-29 at the 13:48 mark,
as Cooper scored seven of the Tide's first 10 points in the half.
Alabama led 46-35 before Mercer went on a 31-13 run in the last 10:26
of the game. Alabama held the lead until the 5:52 mark, when Travis
Smith's three-pointer put Mercer up 50-49.
The teams traded
baskets and the lead five times for the last five minutes with Mercer
coming out on top with eight unanswered points, five coming from the
free throw line, in the last 1:19.