Men’s basketball fails against Davidson in late rally
The furious late-game Alabama Crimson Tide rally (9-3) missed a free throw against Davidson in the CM Newton Classic.
After being fouled with less than four seconds on the clock, Alabama goaltender Jahvon Quinerly went to the free throw line for the first time that night to shoot one on one.
Quinerly knocked down the first. After returning to the tape, he missed the second.
The Crimson Tide only committed four team faults with 3.3 seconds left, and the team did not have enough time to commit three faults against the Wildcats. Time expired, leading the Davidson Wildcats (9-2) to a 79-78 victory at Legacy Arena in Birmingham.
Davidson organized a shooting clinic in the “Magic City”, shooting over 53% from the field in his victory. The Wildcats also made 12 of their 24 3-point attempts, lighting up the scoreboard one shot at a time. Davidson finished the game with 29 goals scored and 22 were assists.
Guards Michael Jones, Hyunjung Lee and Foster Loyer total 49 points and 10 to 3 points.
When Alabama put pressure on the perimeter, the paint opened. Davidson forward Luka Brajkovic led the inside with 22 points and seven rebounds.
After scoring zero points against Jacksonville State, goaltender Jaden Shackelford scored 20 points on an 8-on-15 shot. Forward Juwan Gary was effective, adding 15 points on just five shots, and he caught eight rebounds.
But that wasn’t enough to keep up with the Wildcats, who led for 30:35 of 40 minutes overall.
At first, the blows did not fall for either side. Davidson started 3-11 from the field, and with 12:53 left in the first half, the Crimson Tide led 12-7.
Everything changed from that moment on. The Wildcats used the next four minutes to start a 16-0 streak for a 23-12 lead.
The Crimson Tide continued their own run, edging Davidson 13-4 to reduce the lead to two with just over six minutes left in the half.
After a layup from JD Davison, Alabama led 35-34, but the Wildcats ended the half on a 7-0 streak to take a 41-35 lead in the locker room.
Davidson brought that same energy back into the field, opening the second half on a 13-6 streak to open a 54-41 lead that stunned the pro-Alabama public.
But the Crimson Tide didn’t fold. Quinerly knocked down a jumper with just over six minutes left, reducing the Wildcats’ lead to 67-66.
After quick baskets from Lee and Jones, Davidson was seen coming back six. To accumulate, the Wildcats took a 79-69 lead with 2:01 on the clock after a 3-point shot from Brajkovic.
Alabama showed tough pressure and Davidson started fumbling for the game. Critical turnovers led to Crimson Tide baskets, and the Crimson Tide ended the game 9-0. Nonetheless, Alabama gained a point shortly after Quinerly’s failure.
“It takes maturity to play this hard the entire game,” Alabama head coach Nate Oats said. “It was good that we showed some combat, though.”
Alabama finished with a 39-27 glass advantage and grabbed 16 offensive rebounds. Oats said he lost the game on the defensive end.
âIf you give them open punches, you’re going to get beaten up,â Oats said. âAnd our grown-ups did not do a great job of one-on-one care. It’s hard to win at a high level doing this. We can’t win like we did last year without the guys believing they are good defenders.
This game marks the end of non-conference play for the Crimson Tide until they face the No. 1 Baylor Bears on January 29 for the Big 12 / SEC Challenge.
Alabama’s next game will be against the 19th Tennessee Volunteers. The SEC opening will take place at the Coleman Coliseum on December 29.