TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Trevor Releford scored 29 points and tied his career high with five 3-pointers in the first half to lead Alabama to a 76-64 victory over Texas Tech on Thursday night in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
Releford made 5 of 7 3-pointers for the Crimson Tide (1-1) after being held to 12 points in the opening loss to Oklahoma.
Alabama opened up a 12-point halftime lead and Texas Tech (2-1) couldn't pull closer than eight points in the second half.
Retin Obasohan added 15 points, five steals and four assists for Alabama and Levi Randolph scored 10. Releford was 11-of-14 shooting.
Jordan Tolbert and Robert Turner led Texas Tech with 14 points apiece. Jaye Crockett added 12 points while he and Tolbert each grabbed seven rebounds.
First-year Red Raiders coach Tubby Smith had stints in the Southeastern Conference with Georgia and Kentucky, which he led to the 1998 national title.
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