TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trevor Releford had 21 points and Alabama used a strong second half to win a rematch with rival Auburn 61-43 on Tuesday night.
The Crimson Tide (19-9, 11-4 Southeastern Conference) held the Tigers (9-19, 3-12) to 30 percent shooting -- 15 of 50 -- and a season-low in points.
Alabama scored 38 points in the second half, 24 more than the team managed in the first meeting -- a 49-37 loss 20 days earlier that remains Auburn's lone win during a 1-12 stretch.
Releford turned in a nice follow-up to a career-best 36 points in a triple-overtime loss at LSU. He made 4 of 9 3-pointers.
Trevor Lacey added 12 points while Nick Jacobs had 10 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double. Retin Obasohan also had 10 points for the Tide, which visits No. 8 Florida on Saturday and is hoping to salvage its NCAA tournament hopes with a strong finish.
Chris Denson, who came in averaging 11.3 points, missed all five attempts for two points.
Alabama outrebounded the Tigers 40-29.
The first half closely resembled the first meeting, when Alabama led 23-13 before making just six field goals after halftime for its lowest scoring output in 146 meetings. This time the Tide was up 23-16 despite managing just two points in a 12-minute span.
Releford ended that cold spell with a 3-pointer with 2:39 left to start an 8-3 closing run that carried over.
The Tide opened the second half on a 16-7spurt to build a 39-23 cushion that Auburn never challenged. Alabama shot 46 percent (13 of 28) in the second half.
That was the margin when Tigers coach Tony Barbee was called for a technical foul during a media timeout with 11:04 left.
Alabama scored eight quick points after that. Releford hit the two resulting free throws and added a 3-pointer, then Obasahon also hit a pair from the line.
Releford's biggest highlight came in the final minute of a game long since decided. He nearly lost control of the ball and somehow scooped the ball up to Levi Randolph for an alley-oop.
Auburn was especially cold in the first half en route to its sixth straight loss. The Tigers went into the locker room after hitting 6 of 28 shots (21 percent).
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