Alabama cruises to 2nd round of NIT with 62-43 win over Northeastern

© Levi Randolph led Alabama in scoring with 13 points against Northeastern. (

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Levi Randolph scored 13 points and briefly took over during a 22-0 second-half run in Alabama's 62-43 victory over Northeastern Tuesday night in the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament.

Randolph scored nine points during the spurt that helped the Crimson Tide (22-12) turn back a lengthy rally by the short-handed Huskies (20-13), who scored a season-low in points.

Randolph was 6-of-9 shooting after coming in averaging 7.5 points. Trevor Lacey added 11 points while Trevor Releford had nine points and five steals.

Jonathan Lee led Northeastern with 13 points, and made 3 of 6 3-pointers. The rest of the team was 2 of 10.Tuscaloosa native Reggie Spencer had 10 points in his homecoming.

The Huskies, who won the Colonial Athletic Association regular-season title, were playing without leading scorer Joel Smith, who sustained an undisclosed injury in the league tournament.

With the win, top-seeded Alabama earned another home game in the NIT and the Crimson Tide is set to host fourth-seeded Stanford on Saturday at Coleman Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 11 a.m.

Team Stat Comparison {}NEALA Points4362FG Made-Attempted15-45 (.333)25-55 (.455)3P Made-Attempted5-16 (.313)4-19 (.211)FT Made-Attempted8-12 (.667)8-10 (.800) Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)16 (0/0)16 (0/0)Largest Lead123Game Leaders {}NEALA PointsJ. Lee 13L. Randolph 13ReboundsQ. Ford 9N. Jacobs 6AssistsJ. Lee 3T. Lacey 4StealsM. Banegas-Flores 1T. Releford 5BlocksR. Spencer 1R. Cooper 1