Men's Basketball Starts New Year with 61-57 Win Over Birmingham Southern
Monday, January 02, 2006
By Kyle Murphy, UA Media Relations
TUSCALOOSA The University of Alabama started its year on a high note Monday night, opening up 2006 with a 61-57 victory over in-state foe Birmingham Southern Panthers in front of a crowd of 9,020 at Coleman Coliseum.
It was a back and forth second half that saw as many as 11 lead changes. The Panthers had a 55-54 advantage with 33 seconds left to go in the game when Alabama forward Jean Felix hit the go ahead 3-pointer, giving the Tide a 57-54 lead. Four late free throws after a key steal by Jermareo Davidson would seal the deal and give Alabama a victory in its final non-conference game of the season.
After being out-rebounded by Oklahoma 40-18 on Saturday afternoon, Bama came back to out-rebound the Panthers 36-22. The Tide had 16 second chance points compared to Birmingham Southern’s two.
The Tide was led by its veteran players, including senior forward Chuck Davis who led Bama with 16 points and nine rebounds. Davis was eight-for-ten from the free throw line. Davidson was five-for-six from the field and scored 14 points. He was also a perfect four-for-four from the free throw line. Sophomore point guard Ronald Steele contributed 13 points for Alabama. Jean Felix added ten.
Birmingham Southern was led by Dwayne Paul who had 15 points for the Panthers. Paul was six-for-eight from the field. Sredrick Poe had 13 points and went a perfect six-for-six from the field.
“Jean Felix made a big shot for us tonight,” said Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried.
“I was proud of him. He didn’t play at Oklahoma but he didn’t get his head down. He came back and had a good practice yesterday. You have to give Birmingham Southern a lot of credit. They are well coached and they execute. They are a hard team to play after only one day of preparation.”
Alabama (7-5) opens up SEC play Saturday when the Crimson Tide plays host to the Ole Miss Rebels (9-3). Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. from Coleman Coliseum.