TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Jalen Hudson scored 27 points and Florida beat Alabama 73-52 at Coleman Coliseum on Tuesday night. It was the Crimson Tide’s final home game of the regular season.
Hudson shot 9 of 13 from the field and went 3-for-5 from 3-pointers, while Egor Koulechov shot 7 of 11 from the floor when adding 15 points, including 11 in the first half for the Gators (19-11, 10-7 Southeastern Conference) who won back-to-back games to move into third place in the league standings.
KeVaughn Allen finished with 13 points and Chris Chiozza grabbed a team-high nine rebounds for Florida, which shot 48-percent and led 37-18 at halftime.
Chiozza also had four assists to take his season’s mark to 184 and career tally to 547, which equals Erving Walker’s in school record, set from 2008-12.
It was a nice way for the Gators to bounce back from the 68-50 loss to Alabama in Gainesville earlier this month.
“We felt like we owed them one,” Hudson admitted. “They’re a really great team. They’ve got a lot of good players.
“We were just trying to compete for 40 minutes and that’s what we did.”
Freshman guard Collin Sexton scored 14 points for Alabama to go with five rebounds and three assists.
Braxton Key finished with 11 points and eight rebounds for the Crimson Tide (17-13, 8-9), who lost four straight
Alabama opened the contest strongly after scoring the first six points of the game.
However, Florida took over after that as the home and build massive 28 point lead, as at one point in time, Alabama went 0-19 from the floor in nearly 15 minutes.
“First of all give credit where credit is due. Florida came in playing like a desperate team, ,” Alabama head coach Avery Johnson said.
“We got off to a decent start to the game, but once they took control, they never looked back. I thought we had an unbelievable practice yesterday but did not get any carry over into the game.
“So we’re trying to figure out why we are practicing at a high level but the transfer of energy and information into the games just isn’t there. Give Florida credit. They came out trying to even the series here in SEC play and they did it.
“Neither of us protected our home court. This was a game coming off our last performance I thought we were going to be ready to play.”
The Tide won the rebounding battle 46-31, but shot just 18 of 60 for 30-percent from the field.
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The Florida Gators will close out its regular season schedule on Saturday against No. 23 Kentucky.
Meanwhile, the Alabama Crimson Tide will travel to College Station for a visit to Texas A&M on Saturday.