Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 11/15/12
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 play on a 3-pointer by Trevor Lacey, who led the Crimson Tide with 20 points. But the Beavers (2-1) stopped turning the ball over and took advantage of a shooting slump by Alabama to tie the score at 62 when Devon Collier made two free throws with 43 seconds to play. Alabama spread the court and ran down the shot clock. Cooper, who finished 12 points, let the ball go with 6 seconds left on the shot clock and it went through. Oregon State turned the ball over with 3.6 seconds left. Cooper missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 3.1 seconds to go, but Oregon State's final shot by Roberto Nelson at the buzzer was challenged and off the mark. Alabama will meet the winner of the Villanova-Purdue game in Friday night's championship game. Trevor Releford had 12 of his 14 points in the first half for Alabama, which finished 7 of 21 from 3-point range after going 2 of 10 in the first half. Collier had 21 points for Oregon State while Angus Brandt had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Eric Moreland added six points and grabbed 14 rebounds. There were nine lead changes in the final 8:19 of the first half, and a driving reverse layup by Releford gave Alabama a 35-32 halftime lead. Alabama opened the second half on a 12-2 run as Cooper and Lacey started it with 3-pointers to match the first-half total. The lead reached 15 points as Alabama kept forcing Oregon State into turnovers. The Crimson Tide forced an average of 19 turnovers in their first two games, and Oregon State finished with one more than that. The Beavers were able to make their run by stopping the turnovers. They went 10 minutes between miscues while cutting the lead. Alabama won its opening game of the season against South Dakota State when Lacey hit a 3 at the buzzer for a 70-67 win.
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