The Alabama men’s basketball team lost a 60-55 decision to the Georgia Bulldogs on Thursday night at the Coleman Coliseum. The Crimson Tide (16-11, 9-6) cut the lead to one point five times in the final 9:06, but it never could take control of the lead.

Junior Ar’Mond Davis led the Tide offensively with 17 points, while freshman Braxton Key followed behind with 16 points. Key and sophomore Donta Hall led Alabama in rebounds with nine each.

The Bulldogs outscored the Tide 14-4 through the first 10 minutes of the contest, before Alabama cut Georgia’s lead to eight points at 21-13 with 5:13 on the clock. Georgia went on to outscore Alabama 9-5 in the final five minutes of the first half to take a 30-18 lead going into halftime. Georgia shot 52 percent from the field in the first half, compared to Alabama’s 23 percent from the field. The Bulldogs also outscored the Tide in the paint by a 16-8 margin. The Tide’s reserves were a vital part in the first half, as they outscored the Bulldogs bench 13-4.

Alabama came out of the locker room to go on a 22-12 run to cut Georgia’s lead to two points, 42-40, at the midway point of the second half. The Tide was able to trim the Bulldogs’ lead to one-point, 48-47, with 9:06 left to play. Georgia went on to outscore Alabama 12-8 in the final nine minutes of regulation to pick up the 60-55 victory. The Tide was able to cut the lead to one point five different times in the last 9:06 of the contest, but it was never able to take the lead.

Alabama shot 33 percent from the field in the 40 minute contest, while shooting 75 percent from the charity stripe. The Tide won the rebounding battle by a 42-30 margin, and it outscored the Bulldogs in the paint 30-26.

The Tide will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 25, when it travels to College Station, Texas, to take on the Texas A&M Aggies in a game that is set to broadcast on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. CT.

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