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December 20, 2012

Alabama holds off Texas Tech rally for 66-62 win

— LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech fought hard Wednesday night to cut a 20-point second-half lead down to two. They couldn't quite finish the job, but they made Alabama nervous.

"I think everybody in the locker room realized we almost let one slip away today," Alabama coach Anthony Grant said after the Crimson Tide hung on for a 66-62 victory.

Trevor Lacey scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds for Alabama. Lacey scored 11 of his points in the first eight minutes and was 4 of 5 on 3-pointers for the game.

"We were moving the ball well and moving around guys and taking quick shots," Lacey said.

Trevor Releford added 17 points and six rebounds for the Crimson Tide (7-3), who led 55-35 with 12 minutes to play before the Red Raiders rallied. Moussa Gueye pulled down seven rebounds.

"In the second half, (Texas Tech) did a very good job in turning up their energy," Grant said. "We didn't respond like I would have liked us to."

Jaye Crockett had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Red Raiders (5-3), and Jordan Tolbert added 12 points. Led by Tolbert, Crockett and freshman Josh Gray, Texas Tech rallied, pulling within 63-61 on a Ty Nurse 3-pointer with 1:08 left. Tolbert scored nine of his points in the second half as the Red Raiders started producing better in the paint.

"It all came from my teammates," Tolbert said. "The way we fought back, there's no better feeling than that."

Levi Randolph's layup with 35 seconds to go put the Tide back up by four, and Alabama held on from there.

Daylen Robinson had five steals for the Red Raiders, four of them coming in the second half.

Releford was 11 of 14 from the free-throw line, missing the first but hitting the back end of a pair of attempts that made it a two-score game in the final seconds.

The Red Raiders tightened up on defense in the second half, scoring 14 points off Alabama turnovers and allowing zero second-chance points after giving up 15 in the first half.

The Texas Tech bench, led by Crockett, outscored Alabama's bench 32-11.

Alabama returns home Saturday to begin a three-game home stretch after playing three of its last four on the road.

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