Boxscore
Alabama 63, South Carolina 57
Thursday, March 8, 2012 3:30 PM
Location - New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana
Officials - Patrick Adams, Lee Cassell, Joe Lindsay
Attendance - 10703

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
South Carolina 26 31 57
Alabama 37 26 63

Recap


Alabama 63, South Carolina 57: Trevor Lacey scored 15 points, including a big 3-pointer with 58 seconds left, as the Crimson Tide hung on to beat the Gamecocks.

Fifth-seeded Alabama led by double-figures on two occasions in the second half, only to have South Carolina, the No. 12 seed in the tournament, cut the lead to two points with 1:32 remaining. The Gamecocks missed a chance to tie, and Lacey’s 3-pointer gave Alabama some breathing room.

Alabama (21-10, 10-7) likely secured its position in the NCAA tournament with the victory and advances to play Florida in the second round. The Tide won the game at the line, making 24 of 29 free throws and outscoring South Carolina by 19 points at the charity stripe. JaMychal Green had 12 points and six rebounds and Nick Jacobs added 10 points.

South Carolina (10-21, 2-15) made it close because of its success with 3-pointers, as the Gamecocks made eight.

Alabama created 10 first-half turnovers and that helped the Tide jump out to a 37-24 halftime lead.

Game notebook: Alabama took only six 3-point shots and made only one . . . . Alabama got into the double bonus with 7:30 left in the game. . . . Alabama had only five field goals in the second half.

South Carolina Gamecocks

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Malik Cooke 26:00 2-6 0-2 2-2 0 1 1 1 2 0 3 0 6
Anthony Gill 10:00 1-2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 2
Bruce Ellington 29:00 5-11 1-5 0-0 1 1 2 6 4 0 3 0 11
Damontre Harris 27:00 2-3 0-0 2-2 1 2 3 0 3 0 1 1 6
Damien Leonard 37:00 4-13 4-10 1-2 1 2 3 1 2 0 2 0 13
Lakeem Jackson 13:00 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 1 1 0 0
R.J. Slawson 23:00 1-5 0-2 0-0 3 6 9 0 2 2 2 2 2
Brenton Williams 13:00 5-7 3-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 4 1 2 0 13
Eric Smith 4:00 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
Brian Richardson 5:00 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
Carlton Geathers 13:00 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 2
TOTAL 200 22-52 8-24 5-6 7 15 22 11 25 5 17 3 57
  42.3% 33.3% 83.3% Team Rebs: 3   Total TO: 17

Alabama Crimson Tide

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
JaMychal Green 33:00 3-4 0-0 6-8 1 6 7 1 3 1 5 2 12
Nick Jacobs 25:00 4-6 0-0 2-4 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 10
Levi Randolph 28:00 2-5 0-1 5-6 1 3 4 2 3 1 1 0 9
Trevor Releford 36:00 3-7 0-1 3-3 0 2 2 0 2 1 1 0 9
Andrew Steele 28:00 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 5 5 3 3 1 3 0 2
Carl Engstrom 3:00 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Rodney Cooper 19:00 1-7 0-2 2-2 2 1 3 0 1 2 1 0 4
Charles Hankerson, Jr. 7:00 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0
Trevor Lacey 17:00 4-5 1-1 6-6 0 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 15
Ben Eblen 4:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 19-41 1-6 24-29 6 22 28 7 12 7 14 2 63
  46.3% 16.7% 82.8% Team Rebs: 1   Total TO: 14
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