Men’s basketball defeats Georgia State, advances to New York
By Charlie Potter
The Alabama men’s basketball team trounced Georgia State Tuesday night to advance to the semifinal round of the NIT Season Tipoff.
After defeating Stillman College Monday night 102-65, in Alabama’s first 100-point performance since 2005, the Crimson Tide downed the Panthers 75-58.
The Crimson Tide (3-1) will now face the No. 6 Duke Blue Devils in Madison Square Garden on Nov. 27.
“Really proud of our guys tonight,” Alabama coach Anthony Grant said. “It’s always tough when you have a short turnaround like we did … I thought in one hour of prep, our guys did an outstanding job defensively of taking away the things we needed to take away.”
Junior guard Levi Randolph led the Tide in scoring against Stillman, while senior guard Trevor Releford paced the offense against Georgia State.
Now Alabama’s attention is on Duke, who enters the game regarded as one of the best teams in the country.
But the players aren’t planning to make the trip to New York City just to see the sites of the Big Apple.
“We are looking forward to going to New York,” Releford said. “It’s a business trip, as usual, and we are just going there to get a win.”
The Crimson Tide’s next home game will be on Dec. 4 when Alabama hosts North Florida.