Tide Basketball Falls At Texas A&M

Anthony Grant

Alabama was short-handed when the Crimson Tide played Texas A&M in College Station Thursday night. Bama went to the game with only eight scholarshipped players. It turned out to be worse than that as the Alabama played basically with just six men. The Tide has had rough enough times with a full roster, and the result against the Aggies was another road loss.



It could hardly be a surprise that Alabama lost on the road at Texas A&M. The Aggies took a game that had been close in the first half and turned it into a rout, drubbing Coach Anthony Grant's team by 63-48.

Alabama fell to 10-15 overall and 4-9 in Southeastern Conference play. Bama is now 0-12 on the road this year (including three neutral site losses) and 0-7 in SEC road games.

The Tide was without one of its nine scholarshipped players. It was announced Wednesday that junior inside player Nick Jacobs is taking a "leave of absence." Of the eight remaining players, two played a total of only four minutes against the Aggies – Algie Key one minutes, Carl Engstrom three minutes.

Alabama will be in Coleman Coliseum Saturday to host Missouri. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. CST with television coverage by ESPN2. The Tide lost to the Tigers by 68-47 in Columbia a month ago.

It was a back-and-forth game through the first half with the Tide missing a chance to take the lead with three turnovers on its final three possessions, but still trailing by only 24-23. The second half was all A&M with the Aggies out-scoring the Tide by 39-25.

Alabama was led by Trevor Releford, who scored 20 points. Freshman Shannon Hale had 12 points, nine rebounds, and three assists. Freshman Jimmie Taylor, who played 35 minutes in the paint, had four points, eight rebounds, and three of the Tide's seven blocked shots.

Texas A&M outscored Alabama by 32-18 in the paint.

Jamal Jones had 19 points and Alex Caruso had 14 to lead Texas A&M (15-11 overall, 6-7 in SEC games).

A&M had 12 more shots than Alabama. The Aggies made 24-58 from the field, 41.4 per cent, including 6-14 on three-point shots. Alabama took 21 three-point shots among its 46 field goal attempts. Bama made only 17-46, 37 per cent, and made 7-21 on threes (33.3 per cent). Although free throws were not an issue in the final score, Alabama – usually pretty good on foul shots – made only 7-16 (43.8 per cent). A&M made 9-13 (69.2 per cent).

A&M had a 38-31 advantage in rebounding. The Aggies had 12 offensive rebounds and outscored Bama by 16-4 on second chance points. A&M also outscored Alabama on points of fast breaks, 10-4. The Aggies scored 11 points off Bama's 13 turnovers, Bama five points off A&M's eight turnovers.

Alabama had its last lead at 30-29 four minutes into the second half. The Tide was within three points at 38-35, but the Aggies began to pull away and after it was 51-41 Bama never got within 10 points of Texas A&M.

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