It wasn’t a double-overtime thriller like last season, but UA-Huntsville took the Crimson Tide basketball team to the wire again Monday night.
A last-second Tony Mitchell dunk gave Alabama a 67-60 final, but the No. 2 team in Division II gave the 19th-ranked Tide a scare in exhibition play.
The lead was just three as the clock ticked under a minute, but a Trevor Releford put-back and a few Charger misses kept the upset from completion.
“This is great because I think we learn a lot as a team,” Tide coach Anthony Grant said on a night Kentucky beat Division II Morehouse 125-40. “I find out out our team in those situations.”
JaMychal Green’s 21 points led all Alabama scorers. Rodney Cooper’s 8 led the freshman after getting the start along with Levi Randolph who was scoreless with four fouls.
Cooper nailed back-to-back 3-pointers in the early moments for the Tide that finished 7-for-17 from long range. Freshman Trevor Lacey made 1-of-4 for five points in his debut.
West Limestone product Zane Campbell scored four points and had six rebounds as a starter for UAH.
The Alabama regular season begins at 7 p.m., Friday with North Florida.
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