TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Freshman Kira Lewis Jr. scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half to help Alabama beat Murray State 78-72 on Monday night.
“Credit to Alabama,” Murray State coach Matt McMahon. “Thought they did a terrific job of really protecting the basket. . I was proud of our guys fight and our toughness. A lot that we’ll be able to learn moving forward.”
John Petty Jr. added 16 points while Alex Reese and Dazon Ingram each scored nine points for Alabama (5-1). The Crimson Tide picked up 29 points from its bench while Murray State’s reserves scored just 11.
Ja Morant poured in 38 points for Murray State (3-1). Morant, who shot 55 percent from the floor, played so well that Alabama fans gave him a standing ovation after a late put-back dunk.