Alabama beats Wofford 80-73

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Game high scorer Alonzo Gee had 21 points and nine rebounds to help lead Alabama to an 80-73 win over Wofford.

The Crimson Tide (6-3) built a ten point lead in the second half before the Terriers (4-4) whittled it down to three points, at 74-71, with less than two minutes to go. Then the Tide widened the margin back to seven points to seal the win.

Alabama took an initial lead of 2-0 before Wofford made four straight 3-pointers to jump to a 12-5 lead at the 17:05 mark.

Wofford stayed ahead for the rest of the first half, leading by as many as eight points. Alabama rallied to cut Wofford's lead to one point, at 37-36, going into the half.

Alabama came out quickly in the second half and led 49-43 with 15:41 to go in the game. Play was even for a while, with Wofford narrowing Alabama's advantage to 56-55 with 5:31 to go. Then, Alabama went on a 15-6 run to break open the game.

Richard Hendrix had 16 points for the Tide, and Mykal Riley added 11 more.

Shane Nichols had 20 points for Wofford. Junior Salters had 17, and Drew Gibson chipped in with 13. Tim Johnson had a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds.

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