GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WIAT) – On February 25, 1995 Bill Clinton was the occupying the Oval Office, “Take a Bow” by Madonna was the number one song in America, and The Brady Bunch Movie was in the middle of two week reign atop the box office.
Oh, and the Alabama Crimson Tide beat the Florida Gators in the O’Connell Center.
That was the last time Alabama went on the road in Gainesville and left with a win. That streak, which spanned ten contests, was snapped Saturday night as Avery Johnson won his maiden voyage into the Gators’ home, 61-55. Retin Obasohan, whom Johnson referred to as the teams’ “Superman” following their win over Texas A&M Wednesday, led the Tide with fifteen points. However, it appeared Obasohan and Alabama had stumbled on some Kryptonite when he fouled out with 5:35 left to play in the second half. Thirteen seconds later, fellow senior Arthur Edwards was tagged with his fifth personal foul. Alabama turned up the heat on the defensive end, holding Florida to an 0-6 stretch from the field to extend their lead.
While we’re speaking of streaks, this was the second game in a row where a Tide big man played a bigger role. Junior Jimmie Taylor rejected five shots and dropped in eleven points, including two emphatic dunks. Overall, the Tide landed four players in double-figures and shot 41.7% from three point territory on the night.
Florida was led by Dorian Finney-Smith and KeVaughn Allen, both notching twelve points for the game. Alabama held the Gators to just 28.6% from the field, and 14.3% from three. This was the seventh game this year where Alabama held their opponents to less than 60 points.
The road only gets tougher for Alabama, as they head to Baton Rouge Wednesday for a showdown with the league-leading LSU Tigers. The game tips at 8:00pm CT on the SEC Network.