(19) Alabama 90

(3-0, 1-0 away)

    11:30 PM ET, November 24, 2004

    Sullivan Arena, Anchorage, Alaska

    1 2 T
    #19ALA 54 3690
    UAA 20 3555

    Top Performers

    Alabama: J. Davidson 17 Pts, 13 Reb, 4 Blk

    Alaska Anchorage: C. Arts 8 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    'Bama shoots 62 percent from field

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska-Anchorage coach Rusty Osborne knew his inexperienced team would have trouble stopping all of Alabama's offensive weapons. So, the Seawolves tested the Crimson Tide's outside shooters.

    That turned out to be the wrong move.

    No. 19 Alabama made shots from all over the court and used a 16-0 run at the start of the game to rout Alaska-Anchorage 90-55 in the first round of the Great Alaska Shootout on Wednesday night.

    "Once we started knocking down shots, they had to pick their poison," said Earnest Shelton, who finished with 18 points.

    The outside shooting opened things up for Alabama's big men underneath, and Jermareo Davidson finished with a career-high 17 points. He also grabbed 13 rebounds as he and Chuck Davis controlled the boards.

    "I just wanted to run the floor, apply the things I learned in practice," Davidson said.

    Alabama coach Mark Gottfried said the game will be a great boost to the confidence of Davidson, a 6-foot-10 sophomore.

    "He needed a game like this," Gottfried said. "He played big. He used his size to his advantage."

    Davidson scored 15 first-half points on 7-for-8 shooting from the field, and Shelton also had 15 points.

    The Crimson Tide (3-0) shot 62 percent from the field (20-for-32), including 6-for-11 from 3-point range.

    A basket by Ronald Steele with 12:01 remaining in the second half gave the Crimson Tide its biggest lead, 69-29, and Alabama closed it out with reserves.

    Osborne said his inexperienced Division II Seawolves (1-2) met a veteran Southeastern Conference power.

    "They took care of business and we didn't compete quite as hard as we needed to against that level of athlete," he said.

    Osborne blamed Alabama's fast start on his players coming out tentative and passing up opportunities to shoot.

    "We're going to be a pretty good basketball team in January, but we have a lot of growing pains to do," he said.

    Mark Drake and Carl Arts led Alaska-Anchorage with eight points apiece.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 90 55
    FG Made-Attempted 32-64 (.500) 21-63 (.333)
    3P Made-Attempted 11-22 (.500) 6-15 (.400)
    FT Made-Attempted 15-18 (.833) 7-12 (.583)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 9 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 40 0

    2004-05 Season

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