FAIRBANKS (AP) _ Alabama used an 11-point scoring run in the second half to pull away from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington Friday for a 58-51 win in the opening round of the Top of the World Classic.

The Crimson Tide (1-0), down 28-26 at the half, outran and out-rebounded the Seahawks in the final 15 minutes. Demetrius Alexander led Alabama with 14 points. Oleg Kojenets was the game's top scorer, and Wilmington's, with 17 points.

Alabama's Thalamus McGhee was the game's top rebounder with nine. Keith Spencer and Bill Mayew had five apiece for Wilmington.

With the score tied at 37 three minutes into the second half, MC Mazique took a court-long pass from Brian Williams for an easy layup. Williams then hit two free throws, and Damon Bacote sank a jumper after being fouled and hit the free throw to make it 44-37.

Alabama's Demetrius Alexander sank a 3-pointer from the top of the key to put the Tide up by 10.

The Seahawks (0-1), meanwhile, went eight minutes without a basket. Kojenets ended the dry spell with a hook shot with six minutes left, but by then Alabama had pulled away.

Williams was the Crimson Tide's top first-half scorer, with nine points. Kojenets led the Seahawks with 11.

Alabama faces the winner of the Southern Illinois-Baylor matchup. The Top of the World Classic ends Sunday.