Alabama knocks out Stanford

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Levi Randolph scored 16 points and Retin Obasohan had a career-high 14 to lead Alabama to a 66-54 victory over Stanford on Saturday in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament.

The Crimson Tide (23-12) will play Maryland on Tuesday night in the quarterfinals, hoping for its second trip to Madison Square Garden in three years.

The Cardinal (19-15), last year’s NIT champion, twice closed to within four points in the second half but went 4:40 without a field goal late. They managed a season-low in points and were held below 60 in both NIT games, including a 58-57 win over Stephen F. Austin.

Tide coach Anthony Grant called it “as complete a game as we’ve had.”

“From start to finish, our defense was outstanding,” Grant said. “We were really concerned with their ability from the 3-point line. We knew we had to be locked in defensively.

Nick Jacobs and Trevor Releford each scored 10 points for the Tide, which has held 23 of 35 opponents to fewer than 60 points.

Chasson Randle led Stanford with 11 points while Robbie Lemons had 10. Leading scorer Dwight Powell scored two.


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