SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts (Ticker) -- Antoine Pettway, Kenny Walker and Mo Williams each scored 11 points as sixth-ranked Alabama struggled to a 54-48 victory over shorthanded Ohio State in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic.
Pettway hit two foul shots to give the Crimson Tide (4-0) a 52-47 lead with 19 seconds left.
Alabama prevailed despite shooting just 17 percent (4-of-23) from the field in the second half, when it scored only 19 points. The Crimson Tide, who shot just 28 percent (16-of-57) overall, made their final basket on Walker's dunk with 9:05 remaining.
Zach Williams scored 14 points for Ohio State (1-1), which played without point guard Brandon Fuss-Cheatham and forward Shun Jenkins, both of whom were sidelined with injuries.
Alabama appeared to be in control, opening a 42-29 lead early in the second half. But the Crimson Tide allowed Ohio State to stay in the game, and the Buckeyes closed to 50-47 on Zach Williams' foul shot with 2:12 to play.
But Ohio State also had its problems from the field and shot only 32 percent (16-of-50).
Alabama's Erwin Dudley, last season's Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, was held to eight points after recording his 35th career double-double in an 80-65 victory over Middle Tennessee on Monday.
Brent Darby, Ohio State's leading scorer at 18.0 points per game, failed to make a basket and was held to six points.
Ohio State took its only lead at 15-13 on Sean Connolly's jumper with 8:58 left in the first half. Connolly contributed 13 points.
Alabama responded with a 15-5 run that included a pair of 3-pointers by Pettway, who put the Crimson Tide ahead for good, 16-15, with 8:13 left.
Alabama made five 3-pointers in the first half and led by as many as 13 before settling for a 35-25 edge at intermission.