Alabama made it close but could never take the lead in the second half. Down by seven points at halftime, the Crimson Tide had a chance to win it at the end thanks to two missed Maryland free throws with 27 seconds left. But a last-second jumper by Trevor Lacey bounced off off the rim as time expired on the Alabama season.
Levi Randolph led Alabama with 15 points. Rodney Cooper added 13 points and Trevor Releford scored 11.
- Crimson Tide shot 40.7% from the field (22-54) while Maryland shot 50% (23-46).
-Maryland outrebounded Alabama 31-23.
-Alabama connected on 4-15 three point shots (26.7%) while Maryland made 7-15 (46.7%).
Maryland advances to the NIT semi-finals. With the Alabama loss, Florida is only remaining SEC team in postseason play.
As pointed out here, this marks the second straight year Alabama’s season ends with a 58-57 loss. Last year, Creighton took out Alabama in the NCAA Tournament by that score.