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RECAP: Alabama Drops Fourth Straight Game in Blowout Loss

Alabama Men's Basketball

TUSCALOOSA – It was a historic night offensively for the Alabama men’s basketball team but certainly not in a good way. The Crimson Tide players could not find their shot in a 73-52 loss to Florida on Tuesday night inside Coleman Coliseum. It was the Tide’s fourth consecutive loss as the team dropped to 17-13 on the season and 8-9 in SEC play.

“I thought we had an unbelievable practice but got no carry over into the game,” Alabama head coach Avery Johnson said. “This was a game that I thought we’d be ready to play.”

In a game that the Crimson Tide probably needed, the team had its worst home shooting performance of the season. Alabama finished 30 percent from the floor but it definitely looked a lot worse than that. The team was just 3-for-15 from beyond the arc and 13-for-22 from the free throw line.

Alabama made its first two shots of the game and quickly led 6-0 after 90 seconds of basketball. It was pretty much downhill for the Crimson Tide from there.

The hosts missed 19 consecutive shot attempts and went without a field goal for 14:28 of game time. Alabama finished the first half 4-of-30 from the field, allowing the Gators to build a 37-18 halftime lead. Florida capped off a 23-6 run by scoring the first four points of the second half, quickly killing any chance of a momentum shift.

The Crimson Tide saw a little bit of offense in the final 18 minutes but was not nearly enough to worry the visitors. Collin Sexton made his first field goal of the night with 16:36 to go in the game. After missing his first 10 attempts, the freshman finished with a team-high 14 points on 5-for-17 shooting. Sexton added five rebounds and three assists in 26 minutes on the court.

Braxton Key was the only other Alabama player to reach double figures in scoring on Tuesday. The sophomore shot 5-for-10 from the floor and finished with 11 points and eight rebounds. It was his third straight game finishing with more than 10 points.

Herbert Jones appeared to suffer a concussion early in the first half. In his ninth start of the season, Jones played just eight minutes before hitting his head on the floor after a collision on a rebound. He was 0-for-4 from the floor but finished with five rebounds and one block. The team outscored Florida by two points with Jones on the court.

Florida (18-11, 9-7) was led by Jalen Hudson, who finished with 27 points. He was 9-of-13 from the floor and knocked down three 3-pointers. As a team, the Gators shot 48.2 percent from the floor and finished with just six turnovers.

Alabama is definitely on the NCAA Tournament bubble now, a spot that was unlikely less than a month ago. The Crimson Tide finish the regular season at Texas A&M on Saturday.

Caleb Turrentine is the editor for Bama Hoops Hype. You can follow him on Twitter for in-game updates at @BamaHoopsHype.

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