TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Levi Randolph scored 15 points for Alabama on Tuesday night, but it was not enough to lift the Crimson Tide over Maryland in the NIT Tournament as the Terrapins escaped with a 58-57 victory. Maryland (25-12) led for the final 27 minutes of the game and Bama (23-13) was not quite able to overcome a 10-point deficit despite a late run.
Alabama shot 40 percent from the field on the evening, but the Terps managed to knock down 50 percent of their shots on the other end, including a seven-of-15 showing from 3-point range. Maryland’s 46 percent mark from downtown helped it overcome 17 turnovers on the evening, while Alabama only hit on 26 percent of its deep shots.
Alex Len led the offensive effort for Maryland with 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Dez Wells added 13 points of his own on five-of-10 shooting. Jake Layman added 13 points of his own for the Terrapins off the bench, hitting five of his nine shots in the process.
Randolph connected on five of his 11 field goals in the loss for Alabama while also adding four rebounds and a pair of assists. Rodney Cooper dropped in 13 points for the Tide to go along with five boards, and Trevor Releford tacked on 11 points, four rebounds and one assist as well.
Maryland won the battle on the boards in Tuscaloosa, hauling in 31 rebounds to Alabama’s 23 on the night, and the Terps also recorded eight steals and 14 total takeaways.