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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Braxton Key scored a game-high 14 points and grabbed six rebounds and Alabama defeated Charleston Southern 76-46 on Tuesday night.Making just his second career start, Keys first two 3-pointers sparked a 10-0 run for the Crimson Tide (4-2). Alabama quickly took control of the game and the Buccaneers (3-3) trailed by at least 10 points for the final 32 minutes of the game.Braxton did a nice job of catching the ball and getting in the right position, Alabama coach Avery Johnson said.Johnson felt his team did a good job cleaning up mistakes he emphasized all week in practice. After struggling at times this season with early foul trouble, the Crimson Tide didnt commit a foul in the first 10 minutes of the first half.Avery Johnson Jr. and ArMond Davis also finished in double figures for the Crimson Tide with 11 and 10 points, respectively. The Alabama bench scored 46 points to nearly match an opponent for the second time this season.Its always a team effort, Johnson, Jr. said. The second group just tries to come in and give, like, a spark.Armel Potter led the Buccaneers in points (12) and assists (3).Dazon Ingram added a 3-pointer and a layup to score the first five points in the second half to spark Alabama. Ingram was 4 of 6 from the field for nine points and finished with a game-high four assists while turning the ball over just once.Im proud of the way the guys responded after the way we played on this last road trip and the way we practiced two days ago -- they definitely turned it around tonight, Johnson said.BIG PICTUREAlabama: The Crimson Tide fell to 2016 NCAA Tournament team Dayton 77-72 and faces fellow tournament teams Texas and Oregon in its next two games.Charleston Southern: The Buccaneers spent the entire 2015-16 campaign below .500, but have yet to fall below that mark this season.UP NEXTAlabama: The Crimson Tide will take on Texas in the teams first true road game Friday.Charleston Southern: The Buccaneers return home to host Abilene Christian Saturday.HE SAID IT:Our centers havent been getting enough dirty rebounds and rebounding out of their zone, Johnson said. Thats more of a will power mindset.STAT OF THE NIGHTAlabama won the turnover battle. 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The programs still been good. Theres just been that playoff hump that a bunch of teams havent been able to get over.This isnt necessarily the North Alabama team even Wallace expected to clear those hurdles. The Lions had to replace three-year starting quarterback Luke Wingo and faced FCS power Jacksonville State and two ranked Division II teams in the first four games.They lost the opener against the Gamecocks but have won 11 straight since, with the Florida Tech game cancelled because of Hurricane Matthew.Tucker has emerged from a three-year role as North Alabamas backup to become a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy, Division IIs equivalent of the Heisman. He has passed for 2,661 yards and 21 touchdowns while leading the team in rushing with 902 yards and 16 TDs.When we came into this season, our first five games were just a very, very difficult schedule, Wallace said. We were worried about coming out of those first five even with a winning record.Our offensive players just got better and better. Of course, everybody wondered how Jacob Tucker would be as the starting quarterback, even though we all knew he had talent. Hes done remarkable. Hes really the leader of the team. Hes been probably the surprise player in the nation this year, because some people werent really sure about him or didnt know abouut him.dddddddddddd.UNA fans certainly knew about Wallace when he returned in 2012. He had left the Florence, Alabama school after the 1997 season for Temple, where Wallace went 19-71 during eight seasons.He returned in 2007 to coach North Alabamas Gulf South Conference rival West Alabama for five much more successful seasons and then retired again before returning to Florence, Alabama after a season off.Wallace has led the Lions to four straight league championships since his return. Tucker and the rest of the senior class have gone 39-9.Wallace was determined to tweak the formula used by predecessor Terry Bowden, who had brought in some high-profile recruits who had been dismissed from programs like Florida State and Florida. His aim is to build the core of his team around prospects recruited and developed out of high school, though transfers like linebacker Darius Wright from East Carolina have played key roles.Wallace said he started to realize this teams potential after a 24-23 victory over then-No. 3 West Georgia on Oct. 1. The Lions scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to rally from a 23-10 deficit.The Lions have won the eight games since West Georgia by an average of nearly 33 points, advancing with a 23-13 semifinal win over Shepherd. And the northwest Alabama town of about 40,000 has something to celebrate in December again -- besides the holidays.With the small community that Florence has, a lot of people rally around UNA football, Tucker said. For us to be returning to the national championship, its got the birds buzzing. People are talking about it. People that I havent talked to all year are coming up to me and stopping me in the streets when Im going to get a bite to eat.They just want to talk about the game. And that makes it special.---More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25 ' ' '