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Crimson Tide basketball team falls to Clemson in Birmingham 67-54 (via Crimson Magazine)

19 Dec 2016 Stan J. Griffin

By Stan J. Griffin: December 18, 2016

THE SCORE: Clemson 67, Alabama 54, as the Crimson Tide falls back to the .500 mark and misses on its final opportunity to gain a signature non-conference victory for its resume with a loss to the Tigers in the Vulcan City Classic. Offensive struggles were the story of the game for Avery Johnson's team, including several sustained scoring droughts. The Tide led early 6-0, but Clemson scored seven in a row, to grab the lead, and with Alabama up narrowly 9-7, the Tigers of the Atlantic Coast Conference tallied 15 points in a row to go up 22-9.

Clemson went up by 17 at 31-14 at the 2:54 mark of the first half, and despite a closing 5-0 Alabama spurt led 31-19 at the intermission.

The Tigers kept a double-digit lead for the majority of the second half, leading 43-25 at the 13:27 mark. UA cut the Tiger lead to nine points briefly late in the contest, but never got any closer.

SITE: Legacy Arena, Birmingham, AL

RECORDS: Alabama 5-5, Clemson 8-2

KEY STARS FOR THE TIDE: Sophomore Avery Johnson Jr. had a nice effort to lead the Crimson Tide with a career-high 17 points. Sophomore Donta Hall led the Crimson Tide with seven boards. Senior Shannon Hale added eight points, but on 2 for 7 shooting.

GOOD NUMBERS: The Crimson Tide outrebounded the Tigers 37-32. Alabama went to the free throw line 25 times compared to 14 for the Tigers. The Tide converted 19 of those free throw attempts.



NOT SO GOOD NUMBERS: The Crimson Tide made only 16 of its 50 field goal attempts in the contest, or 32 percent. It made only six of its 23 shots in the first half. The loss was the Tide's third in its last four tries. The Tide shot 15 percent from 3-point range. UA also committed 16 turnovers.

COACH SPEAK: "I thought we had way too many turnovers,” said Johnson. “We were competitive in the first half, but offensively – whether it’s a missed shot, a careless pass, a wasted possession – something we’ve been talking a lot about but just didn’t carry over from practice and our video session. In the second half, we had a little bit more energy. We’re just not getting enough guys in double figures. We’ll keep working on it; I thought our guys showed some fight in the second half.”

NEXT UP FOR THE TIDE: Hoping for a big rebound, Johnson's team will be back in action on Wednesday, Dec. 21, when it travels to Huntsville, Ala., to take on Arkansas State as part of the Rocket City Classic at the Von Braun Center.
The game is set to broadcast on the SEC Network at 8 p.m. CT.

Special thanks: Alabama Athletics Communications

THE SCORE: Clemson 67, Alabama 54, as the Crimson Tide falls back to the .500 mark and misses on its final opportunity to gain a signature non-conference victory for its resume with a loss to the Tigers in the Vulcan City Classic. Offensive struggles were the story of the game for Avery Johnson's team, including several sustained scoring droughts. The Tide led early 6-0, but Clemson scored seven in a row, to grab the lead, and with Alabama up narrowly 9-7, the Tigers of the Atlantic Coast Conference tallied 15 points in a row to go up 22-9.

Clemson went up by 17 at 31-14 at the 2:54 mark of the first half, and despite a closing 5-0 Alabama spurt led 31-19 at the intermission.

The Tigers kept a double-digit lead for the majority of the second half, leading 43-25 at the 13:27 mark. UA cut the Tiger lead to nine points briefly late in the contest, but never got any closer.

SITE: Legacy Arena, Birmingham, AL

RECORDS: Alabama 5-5, Clemson 8-2

KEY STARS FOR THE TIDE: Sophomore Avery Johnson Jr. had a nice effort to lead the Crimson Tide with a career-high 17 points. Sophomore Donta Hall led the Crimson Tide with seven boards. Senior Shannon Hale added eight points, but on 2 for 7 shooting.



GOOD NUMBERS: The Crimson Tide outrebounded the Tigers 37-32. Alabama went to the free throw line 25 times compared to 14 for the Tigers. The Tide converted 19 of those free throw attempts.

NOT SO GOOD NUMBERS: The Crimson Tide made only 16 of its 50 field goal attempts in the contest, or 32 percent. It made only six of its 23 shots in the first half. The loss was the Tide's third in its last four tries. The Tide shot 15 percent from 3-point range. UA also committed 16 turnovers.

COACH SPEAK: "I thought we had way too many turnovers,” said Johnson. “We were competitive in the first half, but offensively – whether it’s a missed shot, a careless pass, a wasted possession – something we’ve been talking a lot about but just didn’t carry over from practice and our video session. In the second half, we had a little bit more energy. We’re just not getting enough guys in double figures. We’ll keep working on it; I thought our guys showed some fight in the second half.”

NEXT UP FOR THE TIDE: Hoping for a big rebound, Johnson's team will be back in action on Wednesday, Dec. 21, when it travels to Huntsville, Ala., to take on Arkansas State as part of the Rocket City Classic at the Von Braun Center.
The game is set to broadcast on the SEC Network at 8 p.m. CT.

Special thanks: Alabama Athletics Communications

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