COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Alabama men’s Basketball team led wire-to-wire, using lockdown defense to roll past South Carolina, 68-62, Tuesday evening in Colonial Life Arena. The Crimson Tide defense contained the Gamecock offense to just 31 percent, its lowest field goal percentage all season.
Freshman Kira Lewis Jr. led Alabama with 17 points and tied his career-high with five rebounds. Senior Donta Hall recorded his second-straight and SEC leading 12th double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Tevin Mack, a native of Columbia, S.C., put on a show for his hometown crowd as he added 11 points. Graduate student Riley Norris contributed 11 points off the bench, all coming in the second half, while sophomore John Petty Jr. collected a career-high 10 rebounds in the game.
Alabama (17-11, 8-7 SEC) dominated the boards posting a 43-37 advantage on the glass. The Crimson Tide held South Carolina (14-14, 9-6) to only 21.2 percent from the field and 11.1 percent from beyond the arc in the first half.
Alabama will begin its final homestand of the season when it hosts the LSU Tigers on Saturday. The game is scheduled to tipoff at 11 a.m. CT and will be televised on ESPN.