Alabama holds on to beat Missouri, 80-73

Alabama holds on to beat Missouri, 80-73

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COLUMBIA, MO - DECEMBER 15: Head coach Frank Haith of the Missouri Tigers reacts from the bench during the game against the Western Michigan Broncos at Mizzou Arena on December 15, 2013 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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by DONALD F. STAFFO

AP

Posted on February 23, 2014 at 12:15 AM

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Levi Randolph scored a career-high 33 points, 19 in the first half, and Trevor Releford added 18 points to lead Alabama to an 80-73 victory over Missouri Saturday night.

With Alabama (11-16, 5-9 SEC) trailing 16-13 Randolph scored 17 of the next 20 points to trigger a 20-7 Alabama run as the Crimson Tide took a 33-23 lead at the 6:06 mark. Missouri (19-8, 7-7) responded with a 10-3 run and cut the lead to 36-33 on a three-pointer by Ross with 2:46 left. The Crimson Tide then outscored the Tigers 6-2, the final points coming on a dunk by Randolph, to take a 42-35 lead at the half. Randolph, who hadn’t scored until he keyed the rally, had 19 points in the first half and Ross had 13 points.

For Missouri Earnest Ross scored 25 points, Jabari Brown 23 points and Jordan Clarkson 14 points.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Alabama (11-16, 5-9) and a three-game winning streak for Missouri (19-8, 7-7).

Rodney Cooper had six rebounds and Releford six assists for the Crimson Tide

Alabama led throughout the second half, although Missouri did trim the lead to 61-60 on three free throws by Ross with 7:09 left and 65-63 with 5:14 to go before the Crimson Tide pulled away for the victory. 

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