The No. 16/15 men's basketball team claimed its first regular season tournament title since 2007 as it downed Purdue, 65-56, to win the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, Sunday night. The Crimson Tide improves to 5-0 to start the season for the first time since 2006.
The stingy defense once again proved to be the difference as Alabama held Purdue(4-1) to just 36 percent (20-for-56) shooting in the contest and used a 19-4 run midway through the second half to run away with the victory. The Tide was led offensively by sophomore Trevor Releford's 19 points on 5-of-10 shooting. The point guard added five assists and four rebounds. Junior Tony Mitchell recorded his 10th career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.