Georgia 47

(7-10, 1-6 SEC)

(14) Alabama 75

(17-3, 6-1 SEC)

    8:00 PM ET, January 30, 2005

    Coleman Coliseum, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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    UGA 17 3047
    #14ALA 36 3975

    Top Performers

    Georgia: Y. Idrissi 14 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Blk

    Alabama: C. Davis 11 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Tide don't miss a beat in weather-delayed game

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama coach Mark Gottfried was just happy to get by Georgia with a win and no serious injuries after a physical contest that saw six Bulldogs players foul out, including all five starters.

    "Everybody can choose to play a certain style. To me that's not basketball," Gottfried said after Alabama's 75-47 victory over Georgia on Sunday night.

    Georgia committed 42 fouls.

    "I thought they were all going to foul out," Gottfried said.

    Georgia coach Dennis Felton said the Bulldogs were trying to play aggressive defense to slow down the athletic Alabama team.

    "We kept fighting through a frustrating game," Felton said.

    Kennedy Winston scored 18 points, and the Crimson Tide (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today; No. 14 AP) capitalized on suffocating defense in the easy win. Winston, Alabama's leading scorer, left the game in the first half after appearing to injure his neck in a collision with a Georgia player. He returned in the second half and said he was fine.

    The game was originally scheduled for Saturday night, but the Bulldogs were delayed getting to Tuscaloosa because of icy weather in Georgia.

    Alabama's Chuck Davis said the extra time off did not hurt the Crimson Tide.

    "We felt like we had a good practice yesterday. We put the layoff behind us. Either way we knew we were going to have to play them so it didn't really bother us," Davis said.

    Alabama (17-3, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) held Georgia to 31-percent shooting from the field, the eighth time this season the Crimson Tide have held an opponent under 40 percent.

    Younes Idrissi had 14 points for Georgia (7-10, 1-6).

    Winston scored Alabama's first eight points as the Crimson Tide went up 10-2 on the way to a 36-17 halftime lead. Alabama stretched its lead to 62-23 with 7:53 left despite playing reserves for most of the second half.

    Georgia went more than 8 minutes in the second half without scoring and Alabama outscored the Bulldogs 21-2 in the first 10 minutes after halftime.

    Georgia cut Alabama's lead to 16-11 with 10:44 to play, but the Crimson Tide then went on a 10-0 run.

    Alabama won easily despite committing a season-high 26 turnovers, while the Bulldogs turned the ball over 24 times.

    Six Georgia players fouled out of the game including all five starters. Alabama took 42 free throws to 16 for Georgia.

    Jermario Davidson had 10 rebounds in 23 minutes, his third straight game with at least 10 rebounds.

    Davis and Earnest Shelton each scored 11 points for Alabama.

    Alabama had a season-high 15 steals, four by Shelton.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 47 75
    FG Made-Attempted 17-54 (.315) 22-44 (.500)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-23 (.174) 3-16 (.188)
    FT Made-Attempted 9-16 (.563) 28-42 (.667)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 34 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 39

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