Coleman Coliseum was the sight for Anthony Grant’s first regular season game as the Head Coach of the Crimson Tide. Alabama welcomed in defending Ivy League champion Cornell to the Capstone. The outcome wasn’t what the Tide faithful had hoped for as Alabama was downed by the Big Red from Cornell 71-67.
Cornell won the game thanks to superb shooting from behind the three point line. They shot 56 % from three, and that helped them down the Tide. Cornell forward Ryan Whitman led all scorers with 23 points and he drained 5 of his 8 three point attempts.
A bright spot for the Tide was JaMychal Green who showed signs of emerging into a star. He put up 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Freshman Tony Mitchell came off the bench and added 12 points for the Tide. Mikhail Torrance put in 16 points, and Anthony Brock added 15 in the loss.
JaMychal Green opened the scoring with a jumper to give Alabama a 2-0 lead, and as it turned out, it would be the only lead Alabama would enjoy the entire afternoon. Cornell led by as many as 15 in the second half before Alabama made a run. The Tide got as close as 2 in the second half, but could never take the lead.
Cornell sunk it’s free throws down the stretch of the game, and held on to a big win for the program. Jeff Foote put in 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to help lead the Big Red to the win. Cornell is a very experienced bunch, as they returned all five starters from last season’s Ivy League championship team, and seems to be the favorite to win it again this year.
This was a learning experience for the Tide as they take this one on the mouth. It is obvious that Alabama has a long way to go before they are serious contenders again, maybe even longer than I thought. The Tide was outplayed by Cornell, and the Big Red deserved to get the win.
This isn’t the kind of start Anthony Grant had hoped for at the Capstone, as he had just one season opening loss as a Head or assistant coach prior to this loss against Cornell.
I have no doubt that this program is on its way up with Anthony Grant on the bench, but Alabama fans are going to have to be patient. The Tide is in a rebuilding process, and it could take more time than most fans would hope. Anthony Grant has his work cut out for him with this team, and they may be a few years away from jumping back to SEC contention.