Randolph, Tide deal Tigers major setback

Levi Randolph scored a career-high 33 points, and Trevor Releford added 18 more for Alabama as the Crimson Tide (11-16, 5-9 Southeastern Conference) dealt Missouri (19-8, 7-7 SEC) a one-two punch in an 80-73 drubbing in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Senior guard Earnest Ross scored a team-high 25 points for Missouri and junior guard Jabari Brown scored 23 more. The Tigers shot 47.9 percent from the floor, but just 31.3 percent from 3. Alabama countered with an outrageous 57.4 shooting percentage.

The Tide led by as many as 12 and never trailed in the second half. Four times the Tigers cut that lead down to one possession. Three free throws for Ross drove the margin down to one, but Rodney Cooper responded with a layup right away and Retin Obasohan knocked down two foul shots to make it a five point game.

Moments later, junior guard Jordan Clarkson cut the lead down to two. Then Releford and Randolph canned back-to-back 3-pointers. From that point on, the lead would never fall below seven.

Alabama has a chance to play spoiler for Mizzou’s NCAA tournament hopes by handing the Tigers an ugly loss. They fall into a seven-way tie for fourth place in the conference and will face third-place Georgia in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday in a virtual “must win.”



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