Brandon Miller refused to let Alabama lose.
Carried by the freshman’s new carrer-high 41 factors, the No. 2 Crimson Tide survived an upset scare in Columbia successful 78-76 in additional time on Wednesday.
Here are three takeaways from Alabama’s win over South Carolina.
Brandon Miller overcomes boos
From getting booed immidiately when he touched the ball, to chants of “responsible” and “lock him up” raining down from the South Carolina pupil part, it was something however a simple journey to Colonial Life Arena for Miller. The freshman ahead began out sluggish, not scoring a area aim till the 13:51 mark of the primary half. Once that basket went in, Miller turned it on, recording 10 of Alabama’s 16 factors to shut out the primary 20 minutes of play.
The Anitoch, Tennessee native tallied a game-high 15 factors within the first half on simply 5 of 9 capturing. While he reamined efficient from the sphere, Miller put his stamp on the sport early due to his two-hand dunk over two South Carolina defenders, capping off a 7-0 run by the freshman alone.
Another quick begin for Bediako
Wednesday marks the third recreation in his final 4 the place rim protecter, Charles Bediako made his prescence felt on the offensive finish of the ground. Bediako scored seven factors whereas going 3-for-3 from the ground whereas including 5 rebounds in simply 11 minutes of enjoying time.
Bediako had related begins towards Tennessee and Auburn the place Alabama appeared for the 7-footer on pick-and-rolls. In the Crimson Tide’s street journey to Auburn, Bediako scored 4 factors on 2 of three capturing whereas hauling three rebounds, a block and a steal within the first half. Just a number of days later, Bediako did it once more on the street towards Tennessee, tallying 4 factors, 4 rebounds and two blocks.
Alabama cools down GG Jackson
With Miller’s scoring barrage, South Carolina’s GG Jackson refused to be outdone by his fellow freshman, tallying a team-high 13 factors on 6 of 10 capturing within the first half. Thanks to the Columbia native, the Gamecocks had been an environment friendly 43% from the sphere, however within the second half, Jackson struggled to get going.
The freshman scored six factors on simply 2 of seven capturing however the Gamecocks continued to seek out manufacturing from their guards. Meechie Johnson, who beat the buzzer with a half-court shot within the first half, exploded for 10 factors due to 4 of 6 capturing.