TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Brandon Miller continued a dominant freshman campaign with 28 points, eight rebounds, three assists and a block in No. 18 Alabama’s 104-62 win over Jacksonville State on Friday night.
Miller shot 9 to 12 from the floor and made seven of his nine 3-point attempts while playing just 25 minutes.
“That’s as efficient as you’ll see,” said Alabama coach Nate Oats. “He’s something special. He’s the size to shoot over guys, he can handle the ball so you can’t overpower him, he’ll get past you and get onto the lane. He can also do plays for other boys.”
Alabama (4-0) also took 18 points each from Mark Sears and Nimari Burnett. Sears scored 16 of his points in a first-half attack. Burnett made five of his six 3-point attempts. Rylan Griffen had nine points and Noah Clowney had eight.
Amanze Ngumezi and Juwan Perdue each scored 13 points for Jacksonville State (1-2). Demaree King added 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting.
Alabama shot 21 of 46 from 3-point range, falling two short of its record for 3-point scores in a game facing LSU in 2021.
CLOSE FIRST HALF
Jacksonville State led by four points after the first 10 minutes and didn’t let Alabama build a double-digit lead until the 8-0 run late in the first half. Jacksonville State made nine of its first 16 shots.
“We weren’t in a hurry, we didn’t take any bad shots,” said Jacksonville State coach Ray Harper. “It all started with about two and a half minutes left in the first half, I think we’re four down. We’re trying to slow it down, we’re taking a fast swimmer with no passes and they’re going on an 8-0 run. In the second half we didn’t do well to keep them off the offensive glass and we advised badly and you can’t do that against a team like that.”
This was the second game for Jahvon Quinerly, who sustained a knee injury in last season’s NCAA tournament. He had six points and eight assists in 17 minutes without a turnover, showing why Alabama was thrilled to get him back sooner than expected.
“He has a really good sense of what we’re trying to achieve,” Oats said. “He knows where the space is on the ground, he knows where help is coming from, he can go left or right. He’s extremely skilled so it’s great to bring him back in. He hits the guys right in their shot pocket instead of too high or too low. Shooters need it in a position where they can get a shot and he knows how to get it for them.”
Alabama will be tested by Power Five competitions for the first time this season next week.
“It’s great to go into the next week 4-0,” said Oats. “We have a pretty tough track there with the teams we face in Portland, so we had to have this one before we go to Portland.”
Jacksonville State hosts Elon on Tuesday, his first home game against a Division I opponent this season.
Alabama travels to Portland, Oregon for the Phil Knight Invitational, beginning with a Thanksgiving game against Michigan State.
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