TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — It wasn’t pretty, but Alabama basketball picked up another win on Wednesday night.
The Crimson Tide downed Missouri 68-56 in front of a sparse crowd in Coleman Coliseum for its second straight victory.
The win moved Alabama to 11-6 overall, including 4-1 in SEC play.
Player of the game
Riley Norris’ shooting was one of the few things that went right for Alabama in the first half. Norris scored 11 of his 13 points in the opening 20 minutes to keep Alabama ahead when the rest of the team struggled to shoot.
Norris and guard Avery Johnson Jr. both finished with 13 points. Dazon Ingram added 12 points while freshman forward Braxton Key put in 11.
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Stat line of the game
Alabama led for 39:31 of game action, and for the other 29 seconds, the contest was tied.
This one was never really close. Missouri shot a better percentage from three-point range and the free throw line, but Alabama controlled the boards, points in the paint and forced more turnovers.
Missouri is currently seven games below .500, and still winless in SEC play. Still, it was good to see Alabama not fall victim to a lesser opponent at home.
Turning point vs. Missouri
In one of the uglier halves of basketball you’ll ever see, Alabama took a 26-19 lead into the break.
But the Crimson Tide broke things open to start the second half, building a double-digit lead that Missouri couldn’t recover from.
Alabama built up a 15-point margin at one point late in the second half as fans in Coleman Coliseum chanted for popular walk-on Lawson Schaffer to make an appearance. Fans did not get their wish.
What’s next for Alabama basketball?
Alabama will begin a two-game road trip when it travels to face in-state rival Auburn on Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
Following the trip to Auburn, Alabama plays at Georgia on Jan. 25 before returning home to host Mississippi State on Jan. 28.
Alabama needs to continue its winning ways if the Tide hopes to build an NCAA tournament resume.