No. 24 Alabama fought off a reluctant Indiana State team to record their second victory of the season by a score of 102-80.
Indiana State kept the game within striking distance for most of the night thanks to a series of scoring runs. Eventually, Alabama took control of the game late and pulled out of reach of the Sycamores.
Here are a few takeaways from Alabama’s second win of the season.
Aaron Estrada Gets Off to a Fast Start
In Alabama’s opener, transfer Grant Nelson shined in the spotlight. In game two it was Alabama’s other star transfer, Aaron Estrada who shined. Estrada started off fast, scoring 22 points in the first half thanks to 5-for-7 shooting from behind the arc. His hot shooting helped the Crimson Tide get out of an early 9-0 hole out of the gate. Estrada finished the game with 27 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals.
3-Point Shooting Is Lights Out
Alabama’s shooting from behind the arc continued to stay hot in the second game of the season. The Crimson Tide finished 13-for-23 from behind the 3-point line for 57%. Estrada led the way with six made 3-pointers with Mark Sears hitting three of his four attempts.
Took Care of Business at the Free Throw Line
Indiana State was called for 24 fouls Friday night resulting in a lot of free throw chances for the Crimson Tide. Alabama attempted 27 free throws hitting 23 of those for 85%. Mark Sears capitalized from the whistles going 9-for-10 from the charity stripe.
Offense Is Dominant
In both games this season Alabama has eclipsed the century mark. Picking up right where last year’s team left off, offense does not seem like it will be an issue with this Alabama team. For the second game in a row the Crimson Tide made 10 or more 3-pointers. Alabama also has benefited from offensive rebounds turning 14 offensive boards into 18 points.
The Crimson Tide next face South Alabama at 7 p.m. Tuesday inside Coleman Coliseum.
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