TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Shannon Hale hit 3 of 5 from 3-point range and finished with 19 points and Alabama beat Ball State 77-59 on Friday night.I thought his body language was good, Alabama coach Avery Johnson said. ...What more can I say. That Shannon Hale is the one I consistently want to see.After coming off the bench to score 13 in the first half, Hale was inserted into the starting lineup for the second in place Bola Olaniyan. Reserves ArMond Davis and Avery Johnson Jr. combined to score 30 for the Crimson Tide (2-1), with 17 and 13 points, respectively, to help Alabamas bench to match the Cardinals in scoring.Davis made 5-of-7 3-pointers and Johnson Jr. made 3-of-3 while adding six assists and five rebounds.Johnson Jr. said his teammates were instrumental in his success, but he also said breaking from routine and taking a nap before the pre-game meal helped to settle his nerves.I just kind of told myself yesterday, Im not going to wait until like my fifth or my last year to turn it up, Johnson Jr. said. So I thought this was going to be a good opportunity so once I got there I did some different things in my pregame.It was close for much of the first half and scoreless for the first 4-plus minutes. Hales dunk with 15:20 left in the half was the first made field goal and gave Alabama a 4-0 lead. Alabamas offense picked up from there until it cooled off late in the second half when the team failed to make a shot from the field for nearly 7 1/2 minutes.Despite those struggles, the Cardinals (1-2) were unable to take advantage. Tayler Persons led Ball State with 15 points. Franko House, who came in averaging 22 points and 10 rebounds, finished with 10 points and seven boards.Johnson credited Wednesdays practice with the success of the bench. With three starters missing that day others had to step up.Shannon and Avery and ArMond they practically are on the same team every practice so they are getting in a good rhythm of knowing each others strengths and weaknesses, Johnson said.BIG PICTUREAlabama: The Crimson Tide bounced back from Tuesdays 77-72 loss to Dayton to avoid falling below .500.Ball State: The Cardinals held their first two opponents to exactly 64 points in regulation, but the team didnt have an answer for Alabamas offense once it got going.NEXT UPAlabama: The Crimson Tide will leave the confines of Coleman Coliseum for the first time this season to face Valparaiso in Las Vegas, Nevada.Ball State: The Cardinals will return home to face Coppin State for the chance to claim the teams first home victory of the season on Monday.STAT OF THE NIGHT: Ball State committed 21 turnovers -- 100 more than the Tide. Alabama finished the game with 14 steals and outscored the Cardinals 26-6 on points off turnovers. 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Roche went up for a corner with his side 1-0 down in the stoppage time, before getting across the near post and heading home at the Globe Arena on Tuesday night.Watch it in the video above! Roche spoke to Sky Sports News HQ from his home in Lancaster on Wednesday and reflected on his goalscoring heroics for the Shrimps.It was an absolutely unbelievable feeling, he said. We probably were a little bit unlucky not to equalise just before the goal, their keeper has pulled off a fantastic save.I knew it was going to be the last kick of the game so I thought Id chance my arm and go up for the corner and luckily I managed to get a decent flick on for the ball in off the post.Roche was mobbed by his team-mates after scoring and he revealed a couple of them had been a little too enthusiastic with their celebrations. Roche described thee Morecambe celebrations as unbelievable scenes He added: It was unbelievable scenes, the noise from the crowd, all the lads jumping on me.dddddddddddd It hurt a little bit having 10 lads piled on top of me. A couple of them were throwing a few punches thinking it was funny, but it was all worth it. It was a very important point for us as well.It was the first time the 33-year-old Irishman had scored in 493 appearances, although he has been up for corners before in the closing stages of games.He said: Ive been up two or three times this season, but I usually ask permission from the manager, look over towards the bench and see if he gives me the nod.But thinking it was the last kick of the game, I didnt even look over. I sprinted up and just managed to lose my marker. It was a fantastic ball in from Shaun Miller and I didnt really have to do an awful lot except just put a little bit of direction on it. 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