No. 19 Clemson Routs Stunned Alabama 87-61

Crimson Tide suffer worst loss since 2000 as defense crumbles
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2008 12:31 AM CST
Clemson's James Mays (40) goes up for a shot around Alabama defender Richard Hendrix (35) in the first half of a basketball game at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008. (AP Photo/Butch...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Alabama Crimson Tide collapsed utterly in the second half of tonight's game against Clemson, allowing the Tigers to go on a 17-4 run en route to an 87-61 thumping. Clemson led by as many as 31 points, fueled by 58% shooting after intermission and a perfect free-throw record, reports the AP.

Trevor Booker and James Mays each added 18 points to the Clemson rout, with Terrence Oglesby adding 17 from the bench. The win brings the Tigers to a 12-1 record, which includes seven victories against eight SEC teams. Alabama, which relinquished a six-game win streak, now stands at 10-4.