TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Jermareo Davidson knew he was going to
be banging against one of the nation's best rebounders.
Alabama's center rose to the occasion with 15 points and 16
rebounds Tuesday night in a 73-63 victory over Paul Millsap and
"They told me that he was a top rebounder so I knew I had to
step up," Davidson said. "I knew it was going to be a battle on
the boards. I knew the game was going to be won on the inside."
But the 6-foot-10 Davidson also did nice work on the outside,
hitting two jump shots to spark a 15-4 run after the 21st-ranked
Crimson Tide (3-1) briefly fell behind 6 minutes into the second
The Bulldogs (2-3) opened the half with two 3-pointers to wipe
out most of an eight-point deficit and went ahead, 45-43, for the
first time since the opening minute on Michael Wilds' layup with
Davidson then ended a 4-minute scoring drought for the Tide,
which rebuilt its lead to as much as 12. Alabama went with a bigger
lineup in the second half, getting a big scoring boost from
freshman Richard Hendrix and mostly keeping the ball out of
Millsap, who led the nation in rebounding the past two seasons,
scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half.
"He was obviously killing us in the first half," Tide coach
Mark Gottfried said. "He's a very, very good player. If you fall
asleep just a hair, he'll go get one on you."
Chuck Davis had 15 points and Hendrix scored 12 on 6-of-6
shooting for Alabama. Ronald Steele had 10 points and eight
While Davidson did much of his damage from outside, he streaked
across the baseline for a one-handed dunk for his biggest highlight
with 1:54 left.
Millsap also had 11 rebounds, but he picked up his fourth foul
with 8:28 left and had only two free throws after that.
Corey Dean scored 11 points before fouling out and Jerome
Richardson added 10 for the Bulldogs.
Davis hit his first 3-pointer of the season as time expired in
the first half to give the Tide a 40-32 lead.
Millsap was 8-of-11 shooting before halftime, while his
teammates were only 5-of-19. He attempted only four shots after
"I think Alabama said in the second half, 'No more letting him
catch it. Let's make it hard for him to get it in there,"'
Bulldogs coach Keith Richard said. "Boy, we didn't get a lot done
with the other players when we needed to."
But mediocre shooting by the Tide kept Louisiana Tech in it.
Alabama made 47 percent of its shots and Davidson was 7-of-16, much
of it from the outside.
The Tide also made only 12 of 22 free throws.
"We're a team that's got to get better," Gottfried said.
"We're our own worst enemy -- whether it's free throw shooting,
whether it's missing lay-ins or containing the ball defensively,
we've just got to play a lot better."