TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Tony Mitchell, Charvez Davis and Trevor
Releford all scored 12 points to lead Alabama to a 68-44 victory
over Coastal Carolina on Tuesday night in the first round of the
National Invitation Tournament.
The top-seeded Crimson Tide (22-11), which felt jilted at being
left out of the NCAA field after winning the SEC West, built a
20-point lead late in the first half and never let the short-handed
Chanticleers (28-6) get anything going.
Now 17-0 at Coleman Coliseum, Alabama will host either New
Mexico or UTEP.
Mitchell came off the bench and hit back-to-back 3-pointers to
help begin the rout, going 3 for 4 from beyond the arc.
Anthony Raffa and Chad Gray led Coastal Carolina with 10 points,
but the Chanticleers managed a season low in points and shot 33
percent (16 of 48).
Leading scorer Desmond Holloway was suspended late in the season for an eligibility issue.
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