HOUSTON — No. 8 Alabama rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit to beat No. 1 Houston 71-65 on Saturday, becoming the fourth team to beat two different No. 1 APs in the same season.
Noah Clooney had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Crimson Tide (8-1), Jaden Bradley scored 12 points and Sears Brand scored 11, including nine in the second half. Alabama shot 50% from the field in the second half and 41% for the game. The Tide went 20 of 32 on free throws, including 15 of 21 in the second half.
On November 27, the Crimson Tide defeated North Carolina 103–101 in four overtimes.
Jamal Shedd scored 19 points, six rebounds, 10 points before fouling with 8:10 remaining for the dramatic mark Houston (9-1). The Cougars shot 39% from the field, including going 1-for-8 to end the game. Houston was 3-of-13 on 3-pointers and 12-of-22 from the free throw line.
After this the game was tied at 63 runs. Marco Chaucer free kick two minutes from the end. Clowney put the Tide up by two with 1:12 left before Shedd missed a jumper with 48 seconds left. Brandon Miller made two free throws five seconds later to cut the lead to four.
After Reggie Chaney missed two free throws, Miller made two more free throws to give Alabama a 69–63 lead with 27 seconds left.
Leading 57–49 with 8 1/2 minutes remaining, the Tide went on an 11–3 run to lead 61–60 with five minutes remaining before Clowney’s layup.
Houston ended the first half on an 18–2 run and opened the second half to take a 44–29 lead with 17:13 remaining. Jarreus Walker but Alabama responded with a 15–5 run to cut the lead to five on a 3-pointer by Sears with 11 minutes remaining.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.