Brandon Miller leads Alabama basketball blowout win over Jacksonville State

Maxwell Donaldson
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama basketball blew past Jacksonville State en route to a 104-63 win at Coleman Coliseum on Friday.

The game started as a back-and-forth affair as both teams traded 3-point shots before Alabama was able to start to take control midway through the first half. The Crimson Tide (4-0) went cold for a bit before it went on an 8-2 run to end the half with a 12-point lead.

Alabama locked down in the second half, extending the lead to as much 44 points as the Gamecocks (1-2) struggled to make shots going over seven minutes without a basket near the end of the game.

Brandon Miller takes over

Brandon Miller made his impact with 20 second-half points. He went 7 of 9 from the field and 5 of 6 from 3-point. He finished with 28 points on 9-of-12 shooting and made 7 of 9 attempts from 3-point range while adding eight rebounds.

"It's still one of the most efficient games and he didn't shoot free throws particularly well," coach Nate Oats said. "He didn't get to the line either, to take 12 shots and go 3-of-5 from the line and end up with 28 points, that's going to be as efficient as you're going to see."

Midway through the second half, the freshman had outscored the Gamecocks in the half, 20-13.

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Quinerly makes an impact

Jahvon Quinerly waited almost 25 minutes of game time to take his first shot, but then he hit two 3-point shots that propelled Alabama to an 8-0 run. Quinerly had eight assists that led to 23 Alabama points.

"It was good to get Quinerly back in to, I think the ball moved a lot better, got a little pop to his game," Oats said. "He finds guys, I thought the ball movement was aided by him being back in the game."

Quinerly returned against South Alabama for four minutes for his first minutes of the season. Quinerly suffered an ACL tear in Alabama's NCAA Tournament game last season.

Mark Sears shines early

Sears continued his string of big games in his return to the state of Alabama. In the first half, the Muscle Shoals native had 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting while going 4-of-6 from deep. Sears added three assists while leading the team in plus/minus at 18 in the half.

Jacksonville State holds its own to start

Through the first 10 minutes of the game, the Gamecocks held a four-point lead over the Crimson Tide. Jacksonville State was able to keep pace with the Crimson Tide as the Gamecocks shot 52.9% from the field while making five 3-point goals.

The Jacksonville State defense forced the Crimson Tide into four early turnovers. The Crimson Tide went on a 10-0 in a little under two minutes to take control of the game.

Alabama finds its 3 point touch

Alabama shot 58.1% from the field in the first half, and that included a 1-for-7 stretch near the end of the half. The Crimson Tide also shot 54.5% from 3-point range, hitting 12 in the first half.

The 51 points and shooting percentage are the second-best all season in a half. The 12 3-pointers are more than the Crimson Tide scored in any other game. Alabama finished with 21 made 3-pointers.