Four Score in Double Figures to Lead No. 20/19 Alabama Past Liberty, 95-59

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama men’s basketball team dominated the glass and got hot from three-point range as they drove to a 95-59 win over Liberty Friday night at the Coleman Coliseum. Four Crimson Tide players hit double digits en route to a 36-point win and a 2-0 start to the season

Alabama finished the game with 10 three-pointers (10 of 22) and averaged 1.36 points per possession. The Tide also controlled the boards for a second game in a row. Though no one had more than eight rebounds, Alabama owned a 45-23 advantage on the glass.

student in the first year Brandon Miller and graduate change Markus Sears led the tide with 22 and 20 points, respectively. The duo also grabbed eight rebounds apiece to lead UA’s lineup.

newcomers Rylan Griffen and Jaden Bradley also reached a double-digit amount in the win. Griffen scored 13 of his 16 total points in the second half, finishing 5 of 9 from the field and 4 of 4 behind the charity streak.

Gallery: (11/11/2022) 11/11/22 MBB vs. Liberty

head coach Nate Hafer Post-game comments

“It was quite a dominant win. I was happy with the performance of our guys, especially on the defensive end of the floor. We put a lot of emphasis on (Darius) McGhee, and besides those two three-pointers he had early in the second half, I thought our guys did a really good job with him Nimari (Burnett) did a great job to start and Jaden Bradley arrived and did a great job. I think they struggle a bit with our length and athleticism. I wasn’t that concerned about the three point shooting in the last game. I saw how we shot a lot in training. We just told them when to take the right shots, you know, shoot them to the rhythm and trust your work. All in all I found it good. We still have work to do, but this is a high caliber team selected to win the ASUN. I mean, they’re going to win a lot of games.”

Team Stats

  • After overtaking Longwood by 29 (67-38) in the season opener, the Crimson Tide overtook Liberty by 22 (45-23) on Friday night.
  • UA averages 61.0 rebounds per game, outperforming the competition by 25.5 boards per contest (61.0-35.5)
  • Sears’ 22 points came after shooting 8 of 11 from the field, including 4 of 5 of three
  • Three freshmen from Alabama (Jaden Bradley-10, Rylan Griffen-16, Brandon Miller-20) collectively scored 46 of the team’s 95 points
  • Alabama shot 51.9 percent from field and 45.5 percent from beyond the arc, while Liberty saved 32.7 percent on shooting and 27.6 percent from depth
  • UA’s reserves outscored Liberty’s bench 38-16
  • The Crimson Tide starting five were the same as Monday’s season opener: Karl Bediako, Nimari Burnett, Noah Cloney, Brandon Miller and Markus Sears

First half

  • Miller led all players in the first half with 11 points, making 3-of-3 from the three-point line
  • The tide shot 46 percent (6 of 13) from three-point range
  • Alabama went on an 11-0 run midway through the half to carve out a 24-14 lead
  • Seven different players scored for Tide at halftime
  • Alabama recorded seven assists with 12 field goals scored
  • The Crimson Tide led 40-31 at halftime

Second half

  • The Tide beat the Flames 55-28 in the last 20 minutes
  • Alabama shot 60 percent from field in the second half, including knocking down 4 of 9 from beyond the arc
  • The Tide went on a 17-2 run midway through the second half to put the game out of reach
  • Sears and Griffen both got hot, scoring 15 and 13 points respectively at halftime
  • Sears tied on 5-of-6 in the half, including a perfect 2-of-2 from three

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