Alabama bounced back Saturday with a 111-67 win over Eastern Kentucky to end a three-game losing skid.
The Crimson Tide were in desperate need of a “get right” game to turn things around after falling short in three straight, all to top-10 teams. Alabama took advantage of the opportunity to play a lesser opponent and put up a season-high 111 points, the second-highest point total under head coach Nate Oats.
Here are some takeaways from the game.
Crimson Tide’s Three-Point Shooting Gets Healthy
During the three-game losing streak, the struggle from behind the arc has been one of the lead causes of the lack of success. Alabama finally got their shots to fall on Saturday. The Tide put up 38 three-point attempts, sinking 19 of those attempts for a 50% rate.
Grant Nelson Finds His Shot
Grant Nelson struggled shooting the three-pointer last game against Arizona, going 3-for-15 from behind the arc. On Saturday, Nelson was able to capitalize on wide-open looks, connecting on seven of his nine field goal attempts, including 2-for-3 from three. Nelson finished tied with a team-high 19 points.
Rylan Griffen Has Big Game
Rylan Griffen gave the Alabama offense the spark it needed on Saturday. Griffen came out hot in the first half, scoring 14 points while going 4-for-5 from behind the arc. Griffen did most of his damage in the first half but tacked on five more points in the second half to finish tied for a team-high 19 points.
Alabama Spreads It Around
Alabama scored a season-high 111 points Saturday, and they did so by spreading the ball around. The Crimson Tide had 10 different scorers, with six of those scorers reaching double figures. Alabama led the assist category over Eastern Kentucky 29-8, led by seven assists from Aaron Estrada. The Crimson Tide also received heavy contribution off the bench, with the reserves chipping in 41 points off the bench.
Alabama’s next game will be on Saturday against Liberty at 1 p.m. CT in Birmingham for the C.M. Newton Classic.
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