Alabama’s No. 22-ranked basketball team took care of business Tuesday night, defeating an inferior South Alabama squad 102-46.

The game was close for the first eight minutes before Alabama went on a 26-2 run. A combination of excellent shooting and lockdown defense led the Crimson Tide to victory.

Here are four takeaways from Alabama’s third win of the season.

  1. Domination Inside the Paint

Alabama used its length Tuesday to dominate the paint against an undersized South Alabama team. Alabama led the rebound category 49-26. Of the 49 rebounds, the Crimson Tide pulled down 11 offensive rebounds, leading to 18 second-chance points. The Crimson Tide also made its presence known with a 44-12 advantage of points scored in the paint.

  1. Lockdown Defense

On Tuesday, Alabama delivered its best defensive performance of the season. The Crimson Tide held South Alabama to just 46 points. Alabama’s defense forced bad shots, causing the Jaguars to shoot 14-for-60 for a meager 23% from the field. The Alabama defense also accounted for 12 forced turnovers on the night.

  1. Points Off the Bench

Alabama won the points off the bench by a wide margin of 52-14. Thanks to the depth of the Crimson Tide and a large league, eight players were able to come off the bench and score points. Freshman Sam Walter led all bench scorers with 16 points, going 3-for-3 from behind the arc. Mohamed Wague also contributed with 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench.

  1. Alabama Eclipses the Century-Mark

Alabama has played three games so far this season, and the offense has eclipsed the century mark in all three games. The Crimson Tide offense has been hot all season long and stayed hot on Tuesday. Alabama shot 62% from the field, hitting 34 of their 55 field goal attempts. Alabama’s 3-point shooting also remained hot, shooting 52% and going 12-for-23. Mark Sears led all Alabama scorers with 17 points.

The Crimson Tide will face Mercer at 7 p.m. Friday inside Coleman Coliseum.

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