Tuscaloosa, AL (Sports Network) - Trevor Lacey nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Alabama Crimson Tide to a 70-67 victory over the South Dakota State Jackrabbits as part of the 2K Sports Classic at Coleman Coliseum.
Trevor Releford paced Alabama (1-0) with 18 points off the bench. Rodney Cooper had 17 points while Lacey added 15. Andrew Steele also reached double figures with 11 points off the bench.
South Dakota State (0-1) wasted a 30-pount effort from Nate Wolters in the loss. Jordan Dykstra had 16 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
The Jackrabbits held a 29-27 advantage heading into the locker room after shooting 48.0 percent from the floor while holding Alabama to 36.0 percent.
In the second half both teams improved with Alabama shooting at a 59.3 percent clip and South Dakota State at 52.0 percent.
The Crimson Tide led by four (67-63) with a little over a minute remaining. The Jackrabbits then tied the game at 67-67 with a pair of Wolters' free throws and a jumper from Tony Fiegen but Lacey netted the game winner to secure the win.
Alabama outscored South Dakota State 24-8 on points in the paint and 21-6 on points off the bench.