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True freshmen lead Alabama to commanding road win over South Alabama

Oct 19, 2022; Birmingham, Alabama, US; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nate Oats during the SEC Basketball Media Days at Grand Bohemian Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

True freshmen Brandon Miller and Noah Clowney combined to post 27 points and 23 rebounds, leading the 18th-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide to a 65-55 win over the host South Alabama Jaguars on Tuesday night in Mobile.

Alabama out rebounded the Jaguars, 63-40.

In addition, the Jaguars shot just 29.6 percent from the floor and only 2-for-23 on 3-pointers (8.7 percent).

Alabama (3-0), which boasts the nation’s third-best freshman class, never trailed in the game as Miller scored a team-high 19 points. Clowney added a game-high 15 rebounds.

South Alabama (1-2) was led by Isaiah Moore, who had a game-high 20 points. Kevin Samuel added nine points, a team-high 10 rebounds, a game-high three blocks, two steals and one assist.

This was the first time the teams have ever met in Mobile, and the game represented a clear contrast. The Tide, loaded with freshmen, averaged 19.6 years old for their starting lineup.

The Jaguars, meanwhile, averaged 23.0 years for their starting lineup.

In the first half, Alabama got off to a 12-4 lead and cruised to a 32-22 advantage at intermission.

For the first half, the Tide shot 28.9 percent from the floor. But Alabama was plus-16 on rebounds, leading to 11 second-chance points. The Tide also made 5-of-20 shots on 3-pointers.

Meanwhile, South Alabama’s offense was even worse, shooting just 27.3 percent from the floor and 1-for-10 on 3-pointers.

Miller led all first-half scorers with 11 points. Moore led South Alabama with 10 points.

Alabama started the second half with a 7-2 run, stretching its lead to 39-24, forcing the Jaguars to call time out with 17:39 left.

The Jaguars used a 6-0 run to close its deficit to 62-53 with 52 seconds left, but they got no closer.

Alabama held on despite going scoreless from the 4:40 mark of the fourth quarter until Mark Sears made one free throw with 46 seconds left.

Next up, Alabama will play host to Jacksonville State on Friday before taking on Michigan State at a neutral site (Portland) on Nov. 24.

South Alabama will visit Oklahoma on Friday.

–Field Level Media