72-68 upset Alabama by Iona in Orlando tournament, 72-68

72-68 upset Alabama by Iona in Orlando tournament, 72-68 ...

The Tide won the game for the second time in the year. Iona made the Alabama play left-handed. This time, Iona had a hard time finding out that Iona helped me a win.

Iona, 72-68, were upset Thursday evening at the ESPN events Invitational in the rematch of last season's NCAA tournament first round.

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The Gaels drew up only five in the first half and 17 overall. As they went in March, Alabama pushed its trademark perimeter shooting and slowed the pace of the game. This week the Alabamas lost only four points in the country in the first half.

Iona also held the past 16 attempts against Alabama in the previous meeting, the only two times as much as it did to get more than 20 three pointsers.

Alabama made only five shots Thursday, which matched its total from Marchs game against Iona and tied for the fourth-fewest under Oats.

The Tide shot 44 percent when they were playing the free-throw shooting, a 52 per cent rate that was among the worst of the past three seasons. Alabama shot 44 percent on 25 attempts in March's season-ending loss to UCLA.

Alabama will play again Friday against the loser of Thursday night's game between Belmont and Drake, which will begin at 10:40 p.m.. from Orlando. The winner advancing to Sunday against the winner of Miami and North Texas.

Oats was called for a technical foul with 11:11 remaining in the second half for a thumping water bottle as it was claimed the television broadcast that it was the gaels whose 10-1 run put the game at 47 with less than 10 minutes left.

It is been for the third time since the game in the Netherlands. With the Tide gaining 79 possessions, the title swung to 9th by the time the team put in a tie.

The result was 68-point output for Alabama. That means 13th time in the record that the Tide failed to reach 70 points, but Alabama won only two of those less-scoring games.

Alabama was once the only one-time home run, and its second-fewest was awarded seven assists at the game last three seasons.

Juwan Gary returned from an ankle injury two-game absence on the bench. He grabbed seven rebounds and scored four points from seven-point spot, the three-year-old scored three points.

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Mike Rodak is a beat reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter.

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