No. 14 Alabama beats Oakland, its closest win of the season

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Collin Sexton had 20 points and Donta Hall added 18 points and nine rebounds as No. 14 Alabama beat Oakland 86-59 on Monday night. The Crimson Tide (8-2) also got a…

No. 14 Alabama beats Oakland, its closest win of the season

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Collin Sexton had 20 points and Donta Hall added 18 points and nine rebounds as No. 14 Alabama beat Oakland 86-59 on Monday night.

The Crimson Tide (8-2) also got a double-double from Kira Lewis Jr. with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Lewis’ layup at 3:15 gave Alabama a 75-45 lead, effectively putting the game away for the Tide.

Maurice Watson had 12 points and Christian Ksander 10 for Oakland (7-5). The Golden Grizzlies, who lost for the first time in nearly a month, were without starting point guard Eddie Baskerville. The senior sprained his left knee late in Saturday’s victory over Charleston.

The outcome was never in doubt after halftime.

Alabama entered the game averaging 100.4 points. It held Oakland to 39 percent shooting. The Tide shot 46 percent and had a 10-2 edge in three-point field goals. The Golden Grizzlies went just 1-of-11 from beyond the arc.

The Crimson Tide started slowly, missing its first six shots. But it outscored Oakland 29-9 in the last 10 minutes of the first half for a 52-27 halftime lead.

Oregon State and Auburn and committed just three turnovers in their previous games. The Crimson Tide entered the game with 10 turnovers. They had 13 by halftime.

BIG PICTURE

Oakland: The Golden Grizzlies began the season 7-0 before losing their next two games and one of their top players. The offense looked a bit better against Alabama. Baskerville’s absence didn’t help, though.

Alabama: The Crimson Tide showed off a strong second-half team with four players scoring at least eight points.

UP NEXT

Oakland: The Golden Grizzlies play at Norfolk State on Wednesday.

Alabama: The Crimson Tide hosts Long Beach State on Thursday.

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