TUSCALOOSA, Ala-This Friday night, the Alabama Crimson Tide Men’s Basketball team took on Penn State in the final home game of the year. This is the first time the teams have played since the triple-overtime game in 1982, where the Crimson Tide won 75-67.
As the game approached, head coach Avery Johnson said, “This is hands down the best team we’ve played non-conference.” and he also went on to say that aside from their record, they are an experienced team who was not going to be intimidated.
Senior Forward Donta Hall led The Crimson Tide with 17 points and 11 rebounds, followed by John Petty with 13 points and five rebounds and Tevin Mack with 11 points and four rebounds.
On the opposing side, Trent Buttrick led the Nittany Lions with 13 points and four assists, followed by Lamar Stevens with 12 points and Myreon Jones with 11.
Friday nights game came close to that triple-overtime game of 1982, finishing with Alabama winning 73-64. The energy in Coleman Coliseum was high, coming off a 36-year wait for this rematch.
The Crimson Tide did not secure the lead until nearing halftime, with the score being 33-27. During the second half, the teams tie briefly at 49 points. Alabama is able to hold onto this lead until finally ending the game with a nine point lead, allowing them to advance and play Stephen F. Austin on Dec. 30.
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