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Team's leading scorer out indefinitely

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Earnest Shelton, Alabama's
leading scorer, is out indefinitely with a knee injury suffered
in Wednesday's game against Georgia, the school announced Thursday.

Shelton, a junior guard, sprained his right MCL late in the first half
of a 45-42 victory over the Bulldogs. He attempted to play in the
second half and was quickly pulled from the game.

"I think it really hurts us," Alabama coach Mark Gottfried said.
"We don't know how long it's going to be. Any team that loses
their leading scorer, obviously it makes things a lot more
difficult for you."

Shelton is averaging 15.5 points and has had five games of 20
points or more.

Senior Emmett Thomas is projected to move into the starting
lineup for Alabama (11-4, 3-1 SEC West), which plays at
Mississippi on Saturday.