MEMPHIS, Tenn. –It was an ugly night all around for Alabama No.6 basketball on Tuesday night as the Crimson Tide fell in Memphis 92-78.
Alabama’s turnovers and the resulting points for Memphis were the key story of the game, as the Crimson Tide returned the basketball 20 times, giving the Tigers 29 points. Memphis, meanwhile, returned the ball 17 times but gave up 18 points on turnovers.
The free throw gap was also a factor, but the refereeing was solid for most of the night. Alabama’s sloppy play in the opening minutes of both halves resulted in the Crimson Tide running behind in fouls, sending Memphis to the charity strip to make 20 of 25 free throws while Alabama did not. makes that 8 out of 12.
One bright spot for the Crimson Tide inside FedExForum was senior goaltender Keon Ellis, who had experienced a chilly streak leading up to Tuesday night’s game. Ellis led Alabama with 19 points on the night and shot 3 of 10 from beyond the arc. He also recorded six rebounds and an assist in the loss.
In total, only three Crimson Tide shooters reached double-digit points, with 19 points for Ellis, 12 for junior guard Jahvon Quinerly and 10 for junior guard Jaden Shackelford. JD Davison tied his career high with 10 rebounds.
Next, Alabama will face Jacksonville State at home inside the Coleman Coliseum on Saturday night (7:30 p.m. CT, SEC Network).
Watch the video above where BamaCentral’s Joey Blackwell and Clayton Connick break down Crimson Tide’s 92-78 loss to the FedExForum Tigers in Memphis.