Final 3OT

(22) Alabama 102

(6-1, 3-1 away)

Charlotte 101

(3-2, 2-2 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 4, 2004

    Halton Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina

    1 2 OT 2OT 3OT T
    #22ALA 35 43 24 102
    CHAR 41 37 23 101

    Top Performers

    Alabama: K. Winston 33 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    Charlotte: E. Basden 19 Pts, 8 Reb, 6 Ast, 4 Stl

    Winston's career-best 33 points lift Alabama

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Kennedy Winston did all he could to keep Alabama in the game and then delivered when the Crimson Tide needed him most.

    Winston scored a career-high 33 points and hit a 16-foot jumper with 20.5 seconds left in the third overtime to give No. 22 Alabama a 102-101 win over Charlotte on Saturday night.

    "I was exhausted," said Winston, who also added 10 rebounds in 53 minutes. "I just wanted to get it over with."

    Winston forced overtime when he made an 18-footer with 2.9 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 78-all. That shot capped a rally which saw Alabama (6-1) rally from a seven-point deficit in the final three minutes.

    "Kennedy stepped up and made big play after big play," Alabama coach Mark Gottfried said. "He's done that for us before."

    Earnest Shelton added 21 points for the Crimson Tide, who won despite having to rely heavily on reserves as the extra periods wore on. Alabama lost starters Chuck Davis, Ronald Steele and Jermareo Davidson to fouls.

    Curtis Withers led five 49ers (3-2) in double figures with 24 points, all in regulation. Eddie Badsen added 19 points, six of them coming in the third overtime, the last two on a driving dunk with 46.4 seconds remaining that gave the 49ers their final lead, 101-100.

    After Winston's jumper gave Alabama the lead, Charlotte had a chance to win but Mitchell Baldwin missed a jumper.

    Charlotte coach Bobby Lutz said Winston was the difference.

    "He's played 53 minutes and he's still making jump shots at the end of the game," Lutz said. "That's a credit to his conditioning. He's a great player."

    Charlotte led by as many as three in the second overtime, but couldn't shake Alabama. The Crimson Tide forced overtime when Shelton fed Davidson inside for a bucket with less than 30 seconds left to tie it at 93.

    Both teams led in the first overtime, with Brendan Plavich's tying the game for Charlotte at 83-all with his fifth 3-pointer with 1:05 remaining. The Crimson Tide had a final shot, but Winston's off-balance 3-point attempt was off the mark.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 102 101
    FG Made-Attempted 39-80 (.488) 34-73 (.466)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-23 (.261) 10-29 (.345)
    FT Made-Attempted 18-22 (.818) 23-38 (.605)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 15

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