Alabama basketball routs Stillman
by Marq Burnett
TUSCALOOSA — Every Alabama player, including the walk-on, scored in the Crimson Tide’s 102-65 thrashing of Stillman College in the NIT Season Tip-Off.

The Tide scored more than 100 points for the first time since 2005.

Alabama used its size and defense to smoother Stillman, getting 58 points in the paint and 31 points off 22 turnovers.

“Really proud of our guy’s effort tonight,” Tide coach Anthony Grant said. “We knew coming in Stillman was a team that was extremely dangerous with the way that they can shoot the three. … The challenge for our guys was to do a good job from a defensive standpoint.”

Six Alabama players scored in double figures. The Tide also got 48 points from its bench. Junior guard Levi Randolph led the way with 17 points and four rebounds in his first start of the season.

“I just try to come out and be aggressive and do the things coach asks me to do,” Randolph said. “Tonight it turned out well.”

Center Carl Engstrom had a career-high 11 points to go along with eight rebounds. Engstrom has battled nagging knee and foot injuries, but said he “feels good about the future.”

Stillman shot 41 threes, but only hit 13 and were outrebounded 43-33.

“We were just outmatched tonight,” Stillman coach Michael Grant said. “They were bigger, they were stronger. We gave them second and third shots at the basket. You can’t give a team this big second and third opportunities.”

The Tide will face Georgia State today at 7 p.m. Georgia State defeated McNeese State 96-70 in the early game.
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