Lewis, Hall lead Alabama over Stephen F. Austin 79-69
NACOGDOCHES, Texas (AP) - Kira Lewis Jr. had 17 points and eight assists, Donta Hall added 12 points and 14 rebounds, and Alabama beat Stephen F. Austin 79-69 on Sunday night.
Hall was 6 of 7 from the field and notched his fifth double-double of the season for the Crimson Tide (9-3), who won their fourth straight.
Stephen F. Austin rallied late in the second half, but Alabama stopped the momentum with a 9-2 run that ended with Lewis' pair of free throws to make it 77-67 with 1:52 left in the game.
Riley Norris added 14 points, including four 3-pointers, and Tevin Mack scored 12 for Alabama.
Hall's basket with 6:14 left in the first half tied it at 21 and sparked a 22-9 run for the Tide that made it 41-30 with 1:48 left in the half. Alabama never trailed again, though the Lumberjacks (7-5) closed the deficit to 68-65 on Kevon Harris' jumper with 5:31 left in the game.
Shannon Bogues had 21 points and Harris added 18 for the Lumberjacks. John Comeaux scored 13 and Karl Nicholas had 11.
Stephen F. Austin: The Lumberjacks hosted an SEC opponent in William R. Johnson Coliseum for the first time in program history. Their record against SEC opponents dropped to 4-28 all-time, but they can take solace in keeping it competitive until the final two minutes.
Alabama: The Crimson Tide outrebounded the Lumberjacks 47-31, the 11th time in 12 contests this season that Alabama has outrebounded its opponent. The Lumberjacks (Southland Conference) were the Tide's fourth nonconference opponent that was projected in the preseason to win its conference. The others were Georgia State (Sun Belt), Northeastern (Colonial Athletic Association) and UCF (American Athletic Conference).
Stephen F. Austin: The Lumberjacks open Southland Conference play on Wednesday, hosting SE Louisiana.
Alabama: The Crimson Tide host No. 16 Kentucky on Saturday to open its SEC schedule.
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