TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Alonzo Gee scored on a crushing dunk on
a fast break in the opening minute and went on to score 16 points
to help Alabama (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today, No. 11 AP) cruise to an easy 96-65 victory over Jackson State on Friday night.
Gee scored 10 of the Crimson Tide's first 11 points and sparked
the crowd as Alabama led by as much as 33 points and never trailed
in the opener for both teams.
Jackson State was outgunned despite an amazing game by the
Southwestern Athletic Conference's preseason player of the year,
Trey Johnson, who scored 36 points, almost half the total for the
Jemareo Davidson had a double-double for Alabama with 17 points
and 10 rebounds. Mykal Riley, a junior college transfer playing his
first game for Alabama, scored 17 points including three
Davidson also had six blocked shots as the Tide rejected a total
of 14 shots, setting a record for Alabama in Coleman Coliseum.
The Crimson Tide played 14 of the 15 players on its roster and
10 players scored for Alabama.
Preseason All-America point guard Ronald Steele had eight points
and six assists despite being hampered by a sore knee and playing
only 23 minutes.
Alabama started fast as Gee finished an opening minute fast
break with the dunk as the Crimson Tide took a 2-0 lead and never
Gee followed that up with a a couple of 3-pointers in the next
two minutes and scored 10 of the Crimson Tide's first 11 points as
Alabama streaked to 20-9 lead in the first eight minutes and were
ahead 51-29 at halftime.
The Tigers had trouble keeping up with the Crimson Tide's speed
and depth. Alabama had 8 players score in the first half and
continuously beat the Tigers down the court on fast breaks.
Any chance the Tigers had of getting back into the game
disappeared in the opening minutes of the second half as the Tide
outscored the Tigers 16-3 in the first three minutes and took a
65-32 lead. Jackson State could never get closer than 23 after