Alabama basketball picked up another key SEC win with a 80-60 victory at Georgia on Wednesday night.
The win moved Alabama to 12-7 overall, including 5-2 in SEC play. It was a dominant win for Alabama coming off a lopsided loss at Auburn on Saturday.
Alabama senior forward Shannon Hale did not make the trip to Athens due to a lower leg injury, according to UA.
Player of the game
Freshman Braxton Key powered Alabama’s offense in the opening half, scoring 16 points.
Key finished with a career-high 26 points and 9 rebounds in 37 minutes.
Forward Riley Norris (15), guard Corban Collins (15) and center Jimmie Taylor (10) also scored in double-figures.
Stat lines of the game
Alabama was hot from three-point range. The Crimson Tide shot 60 percent (9 of 15) from three, while holding Georgia to 25 percent (4 of 16) from behind the arc.
Alabama also pounded the glass with a 40-27 rebounding edge.
Turning point vs. Georgia
Alabama controlled all of the first half but turned things up toward the end of the first 20 minutes.
Alabama produced a 10-0 run to push its lead to 38-24 with 1:27 left in the half.
In the midst of that run, Georgia coach Mark Fox was tossed from the game for walking onto the court. Alabama’s lead remained 14 at the break, 41-27.
Midway through the second half, Alabama pushed its lead to 20 points. Georgia made a late push as Alabama went cold for a three-minute stretch, but the Tide made enough free throws to hold off the Bulldogs.
What’s next for Alabama basketball?
Alabama basketball returns home to host Mississippi State on Saturday in Coleman Coliseum. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.
The University of Alabama’s 2016 football team will be recognized during halftime of the basketball game. Alabama captured the school’s 26th Southeastern Conference championship with a victory over Florida and then defeated Washington in the semifinal of the College Football Playoff at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. Alabama fell to Clemson in the national championship game.