Alabama’s season has come to an abrupt end.
The Crimson Tide lost to Richmond, 71-64, on Tuesday night at Coleman Coliseum during the first round of the National Invitation Tournament. Alabama stayed close throughout the second half, but the Crimson Tide couldn’t overcome the scrappy Spiders.
The Crimson Tide entered with momentum after a strong showing at the SEC Tournament this past weekend. Alabama beat Mississippi State and South Carolina before losing to Kentucky last Saturday. Because of that effort, there was optimism among some about the Crimson Tide’s chances in the NIT.
But a lengthy run in the event wasn’t meant to be.
Player of the Game: Corban Collins
Collins was the main offensive threat for Alabama throughout most of the night. He finished with 19 points and 2 rebounds. His offensive prowess was needed when the Crimson Tide didn’t have many offensive threats. Dazon Ingram was the only other Alabama player in double figures with 11 points.
Stat of the Game: Alabama’s field goal percentage
The Crimson Tide shot 42 percent from the floor, while Richmond was a more successful 54 percent. In a tight game like the one Tuesday, better shooting would have made the difference for Alabama. Improved efficiency could have extended the Crimson Tide’s season.
Turning Point: Richmond’s toughness down the stretch
Alabama remained close, but Richmond was able to preserve its lead late. That’s quite an accomplishment for the Spiders, who dealt with the road environment at Coleman Coliseum.
What’s next for Alabama basketball?
Alabama ended its season with a 19-15 record.