In the first game of the SEC Tournament, Alabama staged a huge comeback to defeat South Carolina 68-63.
The Gamecocks finished the first half on a 13-5 run to take an 11 point lead at the half, and they eventually extended the lead to 54-36 with 11:40 to go in the game. For those doing the math at home, that was an 18 point lead. For those doing even more math at home (and good for you I say), it means the Crimson Tide finished the game with a 32-9
run surge to take the victory.
Mikhail Torrance and Justin Knox did most of the scoring down the stretch, and they led Bama with 17 and 16 points, respectively. JaMychal Green contributed 10 points off the bench for the Tide as well. Devan Downey concluded his career at South Carolina (barring any hot, hot CIBT action the Gamecocks might participate in) with 21 points, though it came on just 7-21 shooting. Sam Muldrow backed him up with 13 points, while Lakeem Jackson led everyone with 14 boards.
The win should solidify Alabama's spot in the NIT field, a good step forward for the team in Anthony Grant's first season as head coach. The loss knocks Carolina out of the running for the same.