The hits just keep coming for Alabama basketball as the Tide drop their third game in a row, giving them their first three-game losing streak of the season, as they travel to College Station and fall for the second time this season to Texas A&M.
Alabama led by as much as 12 in the second half over Texas A&M, leading 44-32 with 12:28 left in the game after a Herbert Jones dunk. The Tide would score one point in the next seven minutes to lose the lead for good as the Aggies went on to win 65-56. Alabama was outscored 41-26 in the second half after being up 6 at halftime.
Tevin Mack was the only Alabama player in double digit scoring with 14 points on 6-10 shooting. John Petty got the start and went 3-8 for 7 points while leader Kira Lewis Jr. went 2-11 including only 1-7 from beyond the arc for a total of 5 points. John Petty led Alabama in rebounds with 6.
For Texas A&M Savion Flagg and Wendell Mitchel each scored 18 points with Flagg also getting 9 rebounds.
Texas A&M improves to 11-14, 4-9 in SEC play where they remain in 11th place. Alabama falls to 15-11, 6-7 in conference play and drop to 9th place.
After the game, Avery Johnson said he told his players, “Life is not always perfect. It’s not a Disney movie that ends in a happy ending every game. You’ve got to just stick with it and persevere.”
Reaction to the game was not pretty:
— Jim Dunaway (@jimdunaway) February 20, 2019
Like watching a train wreck. A very long, drawn out train wreck. With a lot of missed shots. And turnovers.
— Ryan Brown (@RyanBrownWJOX) February 20, 2019
— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) February 20, 2019
It’s comments disabled season pic.twitter.com/P8ueQUA818
— Arby’s (@HunterLJohnson) February 20, 2019
@3ManFront Avery Johnson is the Bill Curry of Alabama basketball, great recruiter, bad in game coach
— Darrell Stevens (@Darrell6211) February 20, 2019
@3ManFront Avery did himself no favors by promising big things and not delivering. I’ve yet to feel the need to buckle my seatbelt.
— David Reece (@cowboyreece) February 20, 2019
@3ManFront I'm so over Bama BB. As much as it pains me to say I'd rather hear Landrum talk about baseball right now
— Rod (@grc4bama) February 20, 2019
You won't find a more optimistic Bama hoops fan than me, but I'm done. I had hope for Avery and this team all the way up until last night. I had hopes that last night would be the turnaround, but another blown double digit lead, another loss…I'm done.
— Jimmy Crawford (@1BamaJimbo) February 20, 2019
Happy Death Day easily
— Bama Willy (@willhall79) February 20, 2019
Up next, Alabama hosts Vanderbilt who was defeated by #5 Tennessee last night. The Tide beat Vandy 77-67 in Nashville on February 9. The Commodores have not won an SEC game yet. Alabama will look to stop the bleeding in that game after losing three straight.
Alabama was one of the last four teams in the NCAA Tournament according to Joe Lunardi as they entered the game.