Donta Hall had to sweat out the last few moments of what ended up being the freshman’s best game this season when he was called for a foul with two seconds left, giving No. 15 Texas A&M one final chance to win the game.
Texas A&M’s Anthony Collins went to the line having made 28-32 rebounds coming into this game, but Hall was able to celebrate, along with the Alabama fans, the victory when not one, but both of Collins’ free throws went awry.
“They got crazy at the end with those two free throws,” Hall said. “We love our fans, we love our students, that’s a big help.”
Hall finished the game with a career-high 10 rebounds and six points in the Crimson Tide’s 63-62 victory over the Aggies (18-6, 7-4 SEC). This was the first time Alabama (14-9, 5-6) has won four ranked games in the regular season since 2001-02 and the team has done so in only six attempts this season. The last ranked win prior to this season came in January of 2011.
“First of all, I had no idea it had been 14 years,” Obasohan said. “That’s quite a bit, but it’s huge for this program, this team. You know, it just shows to everybody that we’re headed in the right direction.”
Obasohan led the team with 16 points and recorded five assists in the victory. At times the Aggies seemed unable to stop Obasohan from driving towards the basket without fouling him, but Alabama didn’t have the best of luck containing Texas A&M’s Jalen Jones either.
Jones finished the game with 21 points and seven rebounds. While coach Avery Johnson would’ve preferred to see a better defensive effort when Jones was concerned the defense did a good job of containing the Aggies No. 1 scorer Danuel House who finished the game 12 points (all in the second half) and a team-high eight rebounds.
“From a strategy standpoint the major, major concern was House,” Johnson said. “We felt we could live with some other situations, but we knew Danuel House and Jalen Jones were problems whenever they touched the ball.”
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Source:: The Crimson White Sports