"It's frustrating for me to watch it and go through this experience," he said. "Their energy, their togetherness, their toughness — all the things that you want your team. ... Mercer was focused for the entire game. We don't have one excuse. They did everything that it takes to win."
Trevor Releford scored 19 points on 6 of 14 shooting for the Crimson Tide (7-4), who have lost four of their last five games. Rodney Cooper 17 points and seven assists.
Alabama lost at home for the first time this season when leading at halftime.