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Taylor sparks Alabama off bench in win over Arkansas State

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) Alabama used some subtraction for addition to overcome Arkansas State 67-52 Wednesday night in the Rocket City Classic.

The Tide's Jimmie Taylor came off the bench to score 12 points and Arkansas State went over seven minutes in the second half without a field goal to enable Alabama to cruise to the win.

Braxton Key added 11 points and seven rebounds and Dazon Ingram scored 10 for the Tide.

After Alabama dropped three of its last four and with coach Avery Johnson spending what he called a few sleepless nights, he ordered a drastic change.

''We scrapped half our playbook and simplified a lot of things,'' he said after his team improved to 6-5. ''We went with the meat-and-potatoes. . We have about 20 offensive sets but we stayed with three, four or five tonight. We're trying to get really good at something.''

''We played a little faster and I think that helped us out a lot,'' said the Tide's Braxton Key.

Deven Simms led Arkansas State with 15 points and Devin Carter scored 14. The Red Wolves, with a six-point victory at Georgetown on Nov. 17 on their resume, are 9-3.

The Rocket City Classic, a neutral site game in front of a sellout crowd at Von Braun Center, was only the second meeting between the two, with Alabama winning by 24 in a 1969 game in Tuscaloosa.

The Red Wolves were in control early, with a 7-0 first-half run producing a 16-11 lead. But a flagrant-1 foul called on Arkansas State's C.J. Foster, attempting to block an Ingram layup, switched momentum toward the Tide. A Shannon Hale 3-pointer put Alabama ahead 21-18 at the 5:59 mark and the Tide never relinquished the lead.

Carter sank a layup and converted a free throw for a 3-point play at 11:30 of the second half, moving Arkansas State to within five, 44-39.

But, as Arkansas State coach Grant McCasland said, at that point ''it unraveled on us and they made a few shots that really mattered.''

A series of turnovers, poor shooting and increased Alabama defensive pressure led to the offensive struggles. By the time Simms ended the streak with a 3-pointer, Alabama was comfortably ahead 57-44.

Alabama, after shooting a dismal 37 percent in the first half, was 15 of 30 in the second while Arkansas State made only 9 of 32 shots in the second and finished at 33.9 percent for the night.

QUOTABLE

''We were kinda sputtering, but when the crowd got behind us in the second half, we took off like a rocket.'' - Alabama coach Avery Johnson

BIG PICTURE

Alabama: The Tide had a season-high nine blocked shots, four of them by Donta Hall. Said Arkansas State's McCasland, ''Their physicality around the rim really took its toll on us.''

Arkansas State: The Red Wolves entered the game No. 24 in the nation in 3-point shooting percentage at 40.6 percent, but was 4 for 16 on treys against the Tide.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A WEEK MAKES

Arkansas State's Devin Carter made 10 3-pointers in a victory over Tennessee-Martin a week ago. Alabama held the Red Wolves' sharp-shooter to 0 for 6 on treys.

UP NEXT

Alabama: Hosts Stetson on Dec 29 in its final nonconference game before opening SEC play on Jan. 3 at Mississippi State.

Arkansas State: Visits Minnesota on Dec. 23, the Red Wolves' fifth consecutive game away from home.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Offensive foul turnover on Tamas Bruce 5:00
+ 3 Deven Simms made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Andrew Riley 17.0
+ 2 Bola Olaniyan made layup, assist by Lawson Schaffer 32.0
+ 3 Connor Kern made 3-pt. jump shot 59.0
  Defensive rebound by Devin Carter 1:14
  Jimmie Taylor missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:14
  Defensive rebound by Devin Carter 1:14
  Jimmie Taylor missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:14
  Personal foul on Nelson Nweke 1:14
+ 2 Devin Carter made layup, assist by C.J. Foster 1:26
+ 2 Jimmie Taylor made layup, assist by Dazon Ingram 1:49
Team Stats
Points 52 67
Field Goals 20-59 (33.9%) 25-57 (43.9%)
3-Pointers 4-16 (25.0%) 4-13 (30.8%)
Free Throws 8-19 (42.1%) 13-22 (59.1%)
Total Rebounds 40 43
Offensive 15 11
Defensive 21 28
Team 4 4
Assists 7 13
Steals 9 6
Blocks 2 9
Turnovers 16 14
Fouls 22 17
Technicals 0 0
15 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST
12 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Arkansas State 9-3 262652
home team logo Alabama 6-5 313667
Team Stats
away team logo Arkansas State 9-3 73.7 PPG 41.4 RPG 11.3 APG
home team logo Alabama 6-5 72.0 PPG 41.2 RPG 12.3 APG
Key Players
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D. Simms G PPG RPG APG FG%
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J. Taylor F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
D. Simms G 15 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
J. Taylor F 12 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
33.9 FG% 43.9
25.0 3PT FG% 30.8
42.1 FT% 59.1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Carter 14 3 0 5/16 0/6 4/4 2 34 1 0 1 0 3
R. Lindsey 8 3 1 3/6 1/2 1/2 1 21 0 0 1 2 1
D. Thomas 2 7 1 0/4 0/0 2/6 3 28 2 0 4 1 6
C. Foster 0 5 3 0/2 0/2 0/0 3 24 2 0 2 3 2
N. Nweke 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 7 0 0 0 1 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Carter 14 3 0 5/16 0/6 4/4 2 34 1 0 1 0 3
R. Lindsey 8 3 1 3/6 1/2 1/2 1 21 0 0 1 2 1
D. Thomas 2 7 1 0/4 0/0 2/6 3 28 2 0 4 1 6
C. Foster 0 5 3 0/2 0/2 0/0 3 24 2 0 2 3 2
N. Nweke 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 7 0 0 0 1 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Simms 15 4 1 6/16 2/4 1/3 1 30 1 1 4 2 2
S. Boudie 6 3 0 3/4 0/0 0/0 5 17 0 0 2 2 1
T. Bruce 4 7 0 2/8 0/0 0/2 5 17 3 1 1 4 3
C. Kern 3 2 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 1 17 0 0 1 0 2
C. Davis 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
A. Riley 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
C. Willis 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/2 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
J. Scoggins - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Simmons - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 52 36 7 20/59 4/16 8/19 22 200 9 2 16 15 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Key 11 7 2 5/8 1/1 0/0 3 29 1 2 4 2 5
D. Ingram 10 5 3 3/6 1/1 3/5 4 20 1 1 3 2 3
R. Norris 8 9 0 3/8 0/3 2/3 1 29 0 0 2 3 6
A. Johnson Jr. 6 4 4 3/12 0/3 0/0 3 34 2 0 1 1 3
D. Hall 5 4 0 1/3 0/0 3/4 4 17 1 4 0 2 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Key 11 7 2 5/8 1/1 0/0 3 29 1 2 4 2 5
D. Ingram 10 5 3 3/6 1/1 3/5 4 20 1 1 3 2 3
R. Norris 8 9 0 3/8 0/3 2/3 1 29 0 0 2 3 6
A. Johnson Jr. 6 4 4 3/12 0/3 0/0 3 34 2 0 1 1 3
D. Hall 5 4 0 1/3 0/0 3/4 4 17 1 4 0 2 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Taylor 12 3 1 5/6 0/0 2/6 1 23 0 1 1 1 2
S. Hale 9 0 0 3/6 1/3 2/2 0 16 1 0 1 0 0
B. Olaniyan 3 4 1 1/2 0/0 1/2 1 14 0 1 1 0 4
A. Davis 3 3 1 1/6 1/2 0/0 0 16 0 0 1 0 3
B. Austin 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
L. Schaffer 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
C. Collins - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. King - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Fuller - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 67 39 13 25/57 4/13 13/22 17 200 6 9 14 11 28