VCU keeps it close, but falls to Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL (WWBT)- Anthony Grant's first head coaching job was at VCU from 2006-2009 and now Grant is the head coach at Alabama.  Sunday night, he welcomed his former team to Tuscaloosa and gave the Rams a crack at the 13th ranked Crimson Tide.

Shaka Smart's team fought to the finish, but was unable to hang with the Tide down the stretch, falling by a 72-64 score.  After a back-and-forth first half that saw Alabama lead by as many as five points, VCU chipped away and took a 33-32 lead into halftime.  The second half once again saw the teams battle with lead changes, but late in the game, Alabama pulled away and was able to hit its free throws down the stretch to earn the win.

Bradford Burgess paced the Rams with 18 points, while Juvonte Reddic and Rob Brandenberg each added ten points.  Alabama's JaMychal Green led all scorers with 21 points and added 14 rebounds as well, and the Crimson Tide shot 52 percent from the floor.

VCU falls to 3-3 and will return home to host South Florida on Wednesday night.

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