PSU Penn State Nittany Lions 64
Penn State Nittany Lions Penn State Overall (6-6)
ATS (5-5)
O/U (2-8)
December 21 2018
- SEC Network
ALA Alabama Crimson Tide 73
Alabama Crimson Tide Alabama Overall (8-3)
ATS (2-6-1)
O/U (6-2-1)
Final
Money Line Total: 142 Spread ATS
12
817 Penn State Nittany Lions +170 Under -110 (+4) -110 UNDER: 137
2737
818 Alabama Crimson Tide -190 Over -110 (-4) -110 Cover: 5
3340
Final
Money Line Total: 142 Spread ATS
817 PSU +170 Under: -110 (+4) -110 UNDER: 137
818 ALA -190 Over: -110 (-4) -110 Cover: 5
Line Movement
Money Line
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Money Line
12/21/2018
6:09 PM
ALA
-190
PSU
+170
12/21/2018
4:39 PM
ALA
-185
PSU
+165
12/21/2018
12:33 PM
ALA
-175
PSU
+155
12/21/2018
10:15 AM
ALA
-165
PSU
+145
12/21/2018
9:18 AM
ALA
-165
PSU
+145
12/21/2018
8:57 AM
ALA
-165
PSU
+145
Spread
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Spread
12/21/2018
6:09 PM
ALA(-4)
-110
PSU
-110
12/21/2018
4:39 PM
ALA(-4)
-110
PSU
-110
12/21/2018
12:33 PM
ALA(-4)
-110
PSU
-110
12/21/2018
10:15 AM
ALA(-3.5)
-110
PSU
-110
12/21/2018
9:18 AM
ALA(-3.5)
-110
PSU
-110
12/21/2018
8:57 AM
ALA(-3.5)
-110
PSU
-110
12/20/2018
11:15 PM
ALA(-3.5)
-110
PSU
-110
12/20/2018
8:27 PM
ALA(-3)
-110
PSU
-110
12/20/2018
7:39 PM
ALA(-2.5)
-110
PSU
-110
Total
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Total
12/21/2018
6:09 PM
142
-110
142
-110
12/21/2018
4:39 PM
142
-110
142
-110
12/21/2018
12:33 PM
142
-110
142
-110
12/21/2018
10:15 AM
142
-110
142
-110
12/21/2018
9:18 AM
141½
-110
141½
-110
Recap

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Avery Johnson called it blood, sweat and no tears game. It may have also been the best way imaginable for the Crimson Tide to go into the Christmas break.

Donta Hall had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and paced by a huge first-half run Alabama pulled out a 73-64 victory over Penn State on Friday night.

John Petty had 13 points and five rebounds, and Tevin Mack totaled 11 points and four rebounds for the Crimson Tide (8-3), who have won three straight.

"This our best defensive performance, from a defensive efficiency standpoint, against an outstanding basketball team that will have a chance to make it to the (NCAA) tournament," Johnson said.

Penn State made one of its last 10 shots. It also hit just two of its last 16 3-point-attempts. But thanks in part to five early 3-pointers, the Nittany Lions (6-6) took a commanding 23-9 lead, only to see Alabama counter with its best run of the season.

Sparked by graduate student Riley Norris, who missed the start of the season after having a cardiac ablation procedure for an abnormal heart rhythm, the Crimson Tide went on 24-0 run over 7:25.

Down 33-27 at halftime, Penn State had yet to shoot a free throw (Alabama was 3 of 5) and leading scorer Lamar Stevens had been limited to just four points. The junior forward finished with 12 points, which was enough to move into the Nittany Lions' top 20 of all-time scoring, but he was 6 of 19 from the field, missed all six of his 3-point attempts and had five turnovers in 39 minutes.

"They're long," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said about Alabama's defense. "I think sometimes we get stagnant, though."

Penn State did manage to come back and last led 54-53 with 7:58 remaining before Alabama pulled away. Trent Buttrick topped the Nittany Lions with a career-high 13 points.

Alabama won its second game at Coleman Coliseum against a Power 5 conference opponent in 12 days, having defeated Arizona 76-73 on Dec. 9. They also came on the heels of a collapse against Georgia State, 83-80, when the Crimson Tide blew a 21-point lead at home on Dec. 4.

"I still have a bad taste in my mouth," Johnson said. "Give (the players) credit that they were able to bounce back, not drop their heads. That didn't look like the same team that played three weeks ago when we gave up that lead."

HE SAID IT

"We complained too much in the first half. That was my halftime speech. I didn't like how we complained but not getting the calls. That's not our DNA. We did a better job of just staying focused in the second half." Johnson said after Alabama was called for 11 fouls compared to 20 for the Nittany Lions, who made all five of their free-throw attempts.

HIGHLIGHT REEL

Hall had two of the biggest emotional moments in the game. One was on a powerful dunk that brought the 10,142 fans to their feet. The other was taking a loose ball and making a no-look pass to Mack, who promptly drained one of his two 3-pointers. When asked if he taught Hall that pass, Johnson was quick to answer "no."

BIG PICTURE

With both programs looking like they could be bubble-destined for the NCAA Tournament, the outcome could end up being worth a lot more than just a regular win. Although Penn State is off to a 0-2 start in Big Ten play, the Nittany Lions came in eighth nationally in nonconference strength of schedule. As a league, the Big Ten is 3-2 against the SEC this season.

UP NEXT

Penn State hosts UMBC to wrap up its nonconference schedule on Dec. 29.

Alabama will visit Stephen F. Austin on Dec. 30 to complete a home-and-home series.

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Matchup
Nittany Lions Overall
W/L 6-6
ATS 5-5
Pts For 70.1
Pts Against 67.4
Total 2-8
Nittany Lions Away
W/L 1-4
ATS 2-3
Pts For 64.4
Pts Against 67.4
Total 1-4
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-21
8:00 PM
at Alabama L 73-64 L (4) U (142)
12-19
6:00 PM
at Duquesne W 73-67 W (-5.5) O (138)
12-15
1:00 PM
North Carolina State L 89-78 L (-4) O (147)
12-8
1:00 PM
Colgate W 76-65
12-4
6:00 PM
Indiana L 64-62 L (-2.5) U (135)
12-1
4:00 PM
at Maryland L 66-59 L (6.5) U (141.5)
11-27
6:00 PM
Virginia Tech W 63-62 W (4.5) U (140.5)
11-21
7:30 PM
at Bradley L 59-56 W (5.5) U (134)
11-20
7:30 PM
Wright State W 77-59 W (-5) U (139.5)
11-15
8:00 PM
at DePaul L 72-70 L (-1) U (145)
Avg. Points For 67.8
Avg. Points Against 67.6
ATS 4-5
Over/Under 2-7
Crimson Tide Overall
W/L 8-3
ATS 2-6-1
Pts For 76.3
Pts Against 71.5
Total 6-2-1
Crimson Tide Home
W/L 7-1
ATS 2-3-1
Pts For 79.1
Pts Against 70.4
Total 5-1
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-21
8:00 PM
Penn State W 73-64 W (-4) U (142)
12-18
7:00 PM
Liberty W 84-75
12-9
12:00 PM
Arizona W 76-73 T (-3) O (146)
12-4
7:00 PM
Georgia State L 83-80 L (-7.5) O (144.5)
11-29
6:00 PM
at UCF L 70-64 L (5) T (134)
11-26
7:00 PM
Murray State W 78-72 L (-8.5) O (141.5)
11-18
12:30 PM
at Wichita State W 90-86 L (-5) O (139)
11-16
12:30 PM
Ball State W 79-61 W (-4) O (139.5)
11-15
1:00 PM
at Northeastern L 68-52 L (-4) U (143.5)
11-11
6:00 PM
Appalachian State W 81-73 L (-12.5) O (144.5)
Avg. Points For 75.7
Avg. Points Against 72.5
ATS 2-6-1
Over/Under 6-2-1
Scoring
Penn State
NameMinFG3 PTFTOff RebRebAstStlBlkTOFouls+/-PTS
Trent Buttrick (F) 20:005-5 100%3-3 100%0-0 0%1401012013
Lamar Stevens (F) 39:006-19 31.6%0-6 0%0-0 0%0430252012
Myreon Jones Jr. (G) 21:003-16 18.8%0-4 0%5-5 100%0133011011
Josh Reaves (G) 38:004-10 40%1-4 25%0-0 0%263110109
Myles Dread (G) 15:003-7 42.9%2-6 33.3%0-0 0%011000308
Mike Watkins (F) 15:003-5 60%0-0 0%0-0 0%282211406
Rasir Bolton (G) 16:001-2 50%1-1 100%0-0 0%011001003
John Harrar (F) 19:001-3 33.3%0-0 0%0-0 0%352110302
Jamari Wheeler (G) 17:000-1 0%0-1 0%0-0 0%131011400
Izaiah Brockington (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Grant Hazle (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Daniil Kasatkin (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Kyle McCloskey (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Taylor Nussbaum (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Satchel Pierce (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Deivis Zemgulis (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Alabama
NameMinFG3 PTFTOff RebRebAstStlBlkTOFouls+/-PTS
Donta Hall (F) 29:007-10 70%0-0 0%3-3 100%41110300017
John Petty (G) 28:005-7 71.4%1-3 33.3%2-3 66.7%0500031013
Tevin Mack (G-F) 23:003-6 50%2-4 50%3-4 75%1400032011
Herbert Jones (G) 28:003-7 42.9%0-0 0%2-4 50%042331208
Kira Lewis Jr. (G) 29:002-7 28.6%0-1 0%3-4 75%014101207
Riley Norris (G-F) 18:003-4 75%1-2 50%0-1 0%000001007
Dazon Ingram (G) 24:003-6 50%0-0 0%0-2 0%044002206
Galin Smith (F) 9:001-3 33.3%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000202
Alex Reese (F) 5:001-1 100%0-0 0%0-0 0%010011002
Avery Johnson Jr. (G) 7:000-2 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%020000000
Tyler Barnes (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Javian Davis-Fleming (C) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Daniel Giddens (C-F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Britton Johnson (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Lawson Schaffer (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Diante Wood (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
1st Half
Money Line
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Money Line
Spread
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Spread
12/21/2018
7:36 PM
ALA(-2)
-110
PSU
-110
12/21/2018
2:03 PM
ALA(-2)
-110
PSU
-110
12/21/2018
9:54 AM
ALA(-2)
-110
PSU
-110
Total
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Total
12/21/2018
7:36 PM
66
-110
66
-110
12/21/2018
2:03 PM
66½
-110
66½
-110
12/21/2018
9:54 AM
67
-110
67
-110
2nd Half
Money Line
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Money Line
Spread
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Spread
12/21/2018
8:51 PM
ALA(-.5)
-110
PSU
-110
Total
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Total
12/21/2018
8:51 PM
75½
-110
75½
-110