TUSCALOOSA -- It wasn’t pretty, but then again, Alabama men’s basketball never is.
The Crimson Tide needed overtime to defeat West Georgia 65-64 on Monday in its lone exhibition game.
“To be honest with you, I told these guys that’s not the team we’ve seen in practice in terms of the way we played the last couple of weeks,” coach Anthony Grant said. “Hopefully, it was a wakeup call for some guys in terms of the physicality that they’re going to have to be able to play with to have success.
“It’s an exhibition game. It’s a good tune up for us.”
Not much has changed for the Tide as the team still struggles to score. The Tide trailed for much of the second half and had to claw back to pull out the victory.
“I think it was just execution and just missing shots,” senior point guard Trevor Releford said.
Releford led the Tide with 27 points. He played the entire second half. Junior forward Nick Jacobs added 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds. No other Tide player scored in double digits, but eight of the nine Alabama players who saw the floor scored.
West Georgia was able to keep it close with 19 second chance points off 22 offensive rebounds and 31 points from its bench compared to just eight from Alabama’s. They also attempted 30 more shots than Alabama and forced the Tide to commit 15 turnovers.
Still, Grant is optimistic things will improve.
“I think we’re a lot better (than we played),” Grant said. “Hopefully, that’s the worst we can play.”
Alabama will open its regular season with a trip to Dallas, Texas to face Oklahoma on Friday, November 8 before returning home to host Texas Tech on Thursday, November 14. The Texas Tech matchup will be televised on ESPN2 with tipoff scheduled for 8 p.m.