Alabama upset No. 20 Wichita State 64-60

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Shannon Hall scored 20 points and Riley Norris added 12 as Alabama upset No. 20 Wichita State 64-60 in the consolation round of the AdvoCare Invitational on Friday.

It was first time Alabama (3-2) beat a Top 25 team on a neutral court since Nov. 29, 2009, a 68-66 victory over then No. 15 Michigan.

Wichita State (2-3) lost its second straight invitational game without senior guard Fred VanVleet, who missed his third consecutive game overall due to ankle and hamstring injuries. He twisted his ankle in the season opener Nov. 13 against Charleston Southern and then was limited by hamstring soreness four days later in a game with Tulsa.

The game was delayed with 3:07 left in the second half when Wichita State forward Anton Grady was injured. After falling face-first on the court, he was put on a backboard and taken off on a stretcher.

There were no other details immediately available on Grady's injury.

Hale made one of two free throws to make it 62-60 with 36 seconds left. After Wichita State failed to score on its next possession, Norris secured the win with two from the foul line.

Alabama went ahead 58-55 with 5 minutes left on 3's by Hale and Norris in the back-and forth game.

After Norris hit a 3 during a 9-1 Alabama surge, Markis McDuffie tied it with a trey and another long-range jumper from Ron Baker gave Wichita State a 55-52 advantage with 8 minutes remaining.

Baker had 15 points.

Baker had a 3-pointer during a 7-2 run that put Wichita State up 48-43 with 12 minutes to play.

Hale had 12 points as Alabama took a 32-30 lead at the half.

The Crimson Tide made 8 of 9 free throws over the final 3 minutes of the half.


Wichita State: The Shockers have never gone 0-3 in a tourney. ... Wichita State dropped into the consolation round after losing 72-69 to USC on Thursday.

Alabama: The Crimson Tide played a ranked opponent in consecutive non-conference games for the first time since Nov. 2001 when they took on fifth-ranked Missouri and No. 12 Memphis. ... Alabama lost 64-45 to No. 23 Xavier on Thursday,


Alabama: Will play the winner of No. 17 Notre Dame-Iowa in Sunday's fifth-place game.

Wichita State: Closes out the tourney in Sunday's seventh-place game against the Notre Dame-Iowa loser.