Jahvon Quinerly scores career high as Alabama basketball beats South Dakota State 104-88

Mikey DiLullo
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama men's basketball won again on Friday night, beating South Dakota State 104-88. Jahvon Quinerly led the Crimson Tide with 26 points, while Jaden Shackelford added 23 and Keon Ellis scored 15.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair, featuring six lead changes and four ties. South Dakota State held a lead late into the first half, prompting Alabama coach Nate Oats to call a timeout. Out of the timeout, Alabama pulled away to take a three-point lead into the locker room.

In the second half, Alabama's shooting caught fire and the Crimson Tide built a lead as high as 16 before cruising to the win to improve to 2-0.

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Juwan Gary leaves with injury

Gary, a former top-100 recruit, came down awkwardly on his right ankle in the first half. He left for the locker room and did not return to the game. Gary was coming off one of the best games of his career on Tuesday, where he scored 12 points and grabbed a team-leading 10 rebounds in UA's season-opening win over Louisiana Tech. He was held scoreless on Friday, but contributed two rebounds and an assist before leaving.

Oats described the injury as a "soft-tissue injury" after the game and said Gary would undergo an MRI to determine the severity.

Alabama guard Jahvon Quinerly (13) brings the ball up court during the season opening game with Louisiana Tech in Coleman Coliseum Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

Keon Ellis with a double-double

Coming into the season, Ellis was seen as a potential NBA draft pick, and through two games he has backed it up. He scored 15 points and collected 13 rebounds, the first double-double of his Alabama career. Those 13 rebounds were also a career high, surpassing the nine he had in three games prior to Friday.

Bediako's breakout performance

Charles Bediako had a solid-but-unspectacular debut against Louisiana Tech on Tuesday, but he made his mark against the Jackrabbits. The 7-foot freshman scored 12 points on 6 of 7 shooting and brought in six rebounds.

What's next

Alabama hosts South Alabama on Tuesday night.