Men's Basketball Earns Sixth Win in a Row Against Auburn
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Alonzo Gee scored six of his 17 points over the final 2:17 to lift Alabama to a 56-52 victory over Auburn on Wednesday night.
Gee, a freshman who is replacing injured star Chuck Davis, made a 3-pointer and 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch after going two games without scoring a point.
The Crimson Tide (8-6, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) trailed by seven points at halftime and didn't catch up until Gee's 3-pointer from the left corner with 2:17 left.
The Tide has won the past six meetings with Auburn (8-5, 0-2) and nine of 11.
Gee also had 10 rebounds while Steele had 15 points and five assists. Both had three steals.
Jermareo Davidson had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Tide.
Rasheem Barrett had 14 points for Auburn and Josh Dollard added 11.
The Tigers made just 7-of-27 shots in the second half and were outrebounded 42-27 despite the absence of Davis, a senior forward out for the season with torn knee ligaments.
The Tigers turned it over on a bad pass and Ronny LeMelle missed a 3 on Auburn's next two possessions after Gee's basket.
Richard Hendrix hit one of two from the line with 48 seconds to play, then swiped another errant pass. Steele hit a pair of free throws with 29 seconds left to make it 55-50.
Frank Tolbert hit a basket inside and was fouled. He missed the free throw but Barrett grabbed the rebound, giving Auburn a chance to tie it.
But Dollard missed a 3-point attempt and Gee made 1 of 2 from the line with 3.5 seconds left to seal it. Dollard had made a first-half 3-pointer but was only 2-for-12 on the season before the desperate attempt.
Joey Cameron's jumper at the buzzer gave Auburn its biggest lead of the first half, at 34-27. Barrett had a layup and 3-pointer in the final two minutes for the Tigers.
The Tide's first two baskets were 3s but of the other eight in the half, five were dunks or layups.
The teams made just one field goal apiece in the first 5:45.
Alabama has played 11 of its first 13 games at home.