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Trevor Releford scored 25 points and Alabama beat Villanova 77-55 on Friday night, running away in the second half to win the 2K Sports Classic benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.
Rodney Cooper had 17 points and the Crimson Tide (4-0) broke it open with some sharp 3-point shooting. Alabama, which made only 22 of 61 attempts (36 percent) from long range in its first three games, went 9 for 15 beyond the arc (60 percent) against a Villanova team that had held opponents to 33 percent on 3s.
JayVaughn Pinkston had 17 points to lead the Wildcats (3-1) and was selected to the all-tournament team in his return home to New York. Freshman guard Ryan Arcidiacono scored 11 for Villanova, which shot a miserable 32 percent from the field.
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Alabama junior guard Trevor Releford had been a mystery non-starter through the first three games of the season. He got his first start of the year in the finals of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Wounded Warriors Project in Madison Square Garden in New York Friday night and responded with an MVP performance in leading Bama to the tournament championship.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Rodney Cooper hit a 3-pointer from right in front of the Alabama bench with 12.2 seconds left and the Crimson Tide, who led by as many as 15 points in the second half, beat Oregon State 65-62 on Thursday night in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.
Alabama (3-0) seemed to be in control of the game when it took a 52-37 lead with 12:31 to...
The Crimson Tide is now 3-0 thanks to sophomore guard Rodney Cooper's late heroics, hitting a game-winning three-pointer with 13 seconds left Thursday night in Madison Square Garden.
Alabama appeared to be in control of the game. The Crimson Tide was hitting 3-pointers and forcing turnovers while building a 15-point lead over Oregon State.
Things changed in a hurry as the cushion started to disappear and the Beavers suddenly started taking care of the ball.
Even though Oregon State was able to tie the game with 43 seconds left, Alabama had one last big play...