Anthony Grant explains Trevor Lacey’s second-half absence

The Tide fought through most of the second half of its 72-66 win over Arkansas today without its top freshman. Guard Trevor Lacey checked out with 16:26 left and never returned.

He sat at the end of the bench beyond the walk-ons dressed in sweat suits.

“We just felt like there were some other guys who were doing a good job on the court,” coach Anthony Grant said.

The SEC Network television crew reportedly said Lacey was out because of back pain. Asked if that was true, Grant just said “no.”

Lacey finished with two points ― his lowest total since cracking the starting lineup nine games ago.

Nick Jacobs earned the start and scored six points to pace the freshmen.

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