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Alabama 84, Jackson State 64

(AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

By JOHN ZENOR
AP Sports Writer

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Noah Gurley scored a season-high 16 points and Mark Sears had 15, all in the second half, to lead No. 9 Alabama to an 84-64 victory over Jackson State.

The Crimson Tide (10-2), coming off a 100-90 loss to No. 11 Gonzaga, struggled much of the way and even trailed a minute into the second half against the Tigers (1-11). Alabama scored the final eight points, though.

Gurley nearly tripled his season average of 5.8 points and Sears took over with three second-half 3-pointers against a team coached by former Alabama and NBA player Mo Williams.

Nick Pringle had 14 points and nine rebounds after coming into the game scoring less than one per game. The junior college transfer's previous high in 11 games was four points, but he made all five field goal attempts.

Brandon Miller, the nation's top-scoring freshman, had 10 points. It was half his season average, but Miller also grabbed 14 rebounds.

Ken Evans led Jackson State with 18 points. Trace Young had 10 rebounds and scored seven points for the Tigers, who were down only seven with less than six minutes to play.

Alabama led just 33-32 after a sloppy first half when Jackson State scored nine straight points late to whittle away at a double-digit margin. The Tide committed 13 turnovers by halftime and Jackson State scored the first basket coming out of the locker room.

THE TAKEAWAY

Jackson State: Dropped its fifth straight game, including a 102-52 defeat to Texas Tech and a 69-59 loss to No. 15 Mississippi State.

Alabama: Even with Jackson State missing 11 straight shots, Alabama still found itself tied more than 11 minutes into the game. The Tide committed 17 turnovers but only four in the second half.

WILLIAMS RETURNS

The former Alabama player and first-year Jackson State coach spent 14 years in the NBA and was part of Cleveland's 2016 championship team. He spent the past two seasons at Alabama State.

December 20, 2022


Jackson State
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
T. Young F 28 3-12 0-0 1-4 0-10 1 1 1 2 4 7
J. Jones F 18 1-5 3-4 0-0 0-4 0 0 1 3 3 5
C. Young G 34 1-8 1-3 1-6 0-1 1 0 2 1 0 4
K. Evans Jr. G 29 6-12 4-4 3-3 3-5 2 0 1 6 3 19
K. Hunt G 15 2-6 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 0 0 2 1 4
C. Adams   23 3-8 2-2 0-2 0-2 3 0 0 1 3 8
Z. Cook   22 2-6 2-2 0-0 3-6 0 0 1 0 2 6
R. Mansel   18 3-4 0-0 0-0 2-2 2 0 1 2 4 6
K. Cornelius   10 2-5 0-0 1-4 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 5
J. Bell   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0
D. McDaniel   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   199 23-66
(.348)
12-15
(.800)
6-19
(.316)
12-38 11 1 8 18 20 64


Alabama
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
B. Miller F 35 3-7 3-4 1-4 3-14 3 0 3 5 2 10
N. Gurley F 20 7-13 1-1 1-5 1-5 0 2 1 1 2 16
C. Bediako C 21 4-5 2-6 0-0 5-9 0 2 0 1 3 10
M. Sears G 34 5-10 2-2 3-6 0-1 2 0 2 1 1 15
J. Bradley G 21 1-8 2-2 0-4 0-2 7 0 1 3 1 4
R. Griffen   21 2-9 0-0 1-5 2-3 1 1 0 2 0 5
N. Pringle   19 5-5 4-8 0-0 2-9 2 1 2 1 2 14
J. Quinerly   18 3-5 1-1 1-3 0-1 5 0 2 1 1 8
D. Miles   7 0-0 2-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 2 0 2
A. Cottrell   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Heard   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Quinerly   1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   199 30-63
(.476)
17-26
(.654)
7-27
(.259)
13-46 20 6 11 17 12 84
Officials: Todd Austin, Jeffrey Anderson, Bharat Ramnanan




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