After a back-and-forth first half, the Tide pulled away in the second, then had to hold on through some iffy foul shooting to preserve a win against the Bears. JaMychal Green had 22 points and six rebounds, Mikhail Torrence had 20 and six assists, and Senario Hillman had 15.
Baylor pulled out to an eight point lead six minutes into the game, and held the lead to about halfway through the first half, but Alabama pulled even. Tied with a minute to go in the first half, the Tide scored the last six points to take the lead for good.
They couldn't quite shake Baylor, but held a lead of six to ten points most of the rest of the way. Things broke down when Baylor got desperate and started to foul, as Bama missed five of twelve free throws in the last minute and nine seconds of the game; the steady Torrance was 4-4 but the rest of the team, not so steady. Baylor got within three, but one of two by Hillman and two by Torrance got the lead back to six to basically put the game away -- Baylor wound up hitting a meaningless three at the end to make the score more respectable.
Tony Mitchell left the game with 7:10 to go when he was clobbered by a Baylor big man on an obvious over-the-back rebounding foul that wasn't called. He was bleeding from his nose, which I have to assume was broken. (UPDATE: It was a gash over his eye, turns out. That's obviously much better news.)