Robert Morris vs Alabama

Alabama edges Robert Morris in 64-56 comeback win


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Trevor Releford scored 18 points and tied a career-high with six steals, while Retin Obasohan had 12 points and seven assists to lead Alabama to a come-from-behind 64-56 victory over Robert Morris on Saturday.

Trailing 30-24, Alabama (6-7) went on a 16-2 run to go in front 40-32 when Obasohan made a 3-point shot at the 11:01 mark. Releford triggered the run with seven straight points, canning a 3-point shot to give the Crimson Tide its first lead of the game, 31-30, then making a lay-up and stealing the ball and scoring on another lay-up to extend the lead to 35-30. Obasohan followed with a three-point shot.

Alabama enjoyed its largest lead, 61-51, with 33 seconds remaining in the game, holding off Robert Morris to snap a three-game losing streak in its last non-conference game before starting SEC play. Alabama shot 55 percent from the field, had a season-high 12 steals and forced Robert Morris into 19 turnovers.

''In the first half we struggled finishing plays and we were turning the ball over,'' said Alabama coach Anthony Grant. ''In the first half it seemed like a lot of things weren't going right. We were missing layups, turning the ball over and it was hard to keep up our energy. With the press in the second half we were able to force some turnovers and get out in transition. In the second half defense made the difference for us from about the 16- minute mark. We created offense from our defense.''

Robert Morris jumped out to an early 9-0 lead and still maintained a 19-10 advantage when Charles Oliver made a lay-up with 3:22 remaining in the first half. But the Crimson Tide then outscored the Colonials 10-4 to pull within 23-20 at intermission.

Karvel Anderson contributed 16 points and five rebounds for Robert Morris (5-10), while Lucky Jones had 14 points and seven rebounds.

''I was just feeding off the energy of my teammates,'' Releford said about the rally. ''It was just momentum. I had an open shot and knocked it down and the other guys on my teams made plays in transition.''

Releford said the Tide lacked energy for most of the first half but gained momentum when they closed the lead heading into halftime. ''That was huge to go into the locker room with a little momentum,'' he said. ''Even though we were down we still came out in the second half hungry, and I think we played like it too.''

Robert Morris coach Andrew Toole credited Alabama with a solid second half finish.

''A difference of one or two plays can separate winning from losing,'' Toole said. ''Alabama was able to make those plays early in the second half, and we didn't. Once they took the lead it was really hard to stem the tide. That was the difference in the game.''

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC is strictly prohibited.
Robert Morris (5-10)233356
Alabama (6-7) «204464

Related Video


CBSSports Shop

Men's Nike White Villanova Wildcats 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball National Champions Locker Room T-Shirt

Villanova Wildcats 2016 National Champs
Get the Locker Room Gear!
Shop Now

TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
F. Dickinson0-03-2110
St. Fran.-Pa.0-02-2236
Mt St Marys0-02-3182
Sacred Heart0-02-3320
St. Fran.-NY0-01-2216
Robert Morris0-01-328

TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Miss. State0-04-0261
Texas A&M0-04-02
Ole Miss0-04-124
S. Carolina0-04-1164
Other games
NEB 53 Final
CINCY 69 Final
IAST 73 Final
WASH 62 Final
MIST 73 Final
IND 56
UCONN 65 Final
SMU 74
MIAMI 44 Final
SYR 49
RICH 58 Final
FLA 67
DUKE 77 Final
ND 79
OKST 71 Final
KSU 74
LBSU 59 Final
LOU 83 Final
RUT 76
UMOH 65 Final
UOP 64 Final