Tide Hands Tigers First Conference Loss with 67-62 Victory
Saturday, February 04, 2006
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By Kyle Murphy, UA Media Relations
TUSCALOOSA ?? Behind Ronald Steele’s 21 points and some big defensive stops down the stretch, the University of Alabama handed SEC West rival LSU Tigers its first conference loss of the year with a 67-62 win Saturday afternoon.
Steele, coming off a career high 26 points Wednesday night against Georgia, put on another strong showing Saturday, shooting six-for-thirteen from the field and a perfect eight-for-eight from the free throw line, including six key foul shots in the last 1:24 of the game.
Jean Felix posted a season high 15 points for the Crimson Tide this afternoon, shooting five-for-eight from the field including going four-for-seven from behind the three point line. Jermareo Davidson added 13 points and 6 rebounds for the Tide.
The Tide and Tigers fought through a back and forth battle the whole 40 minutes, with the largest lead being Alabama’s six point advantage with just under a minute left in the game. Bama led by one with 5:52 left on the game clock when Jean Felix kept the momentum in the Tide’s corner by hitting a key three-pointer to give Alabama a 60-56 lead.
Alabama then used tough defense on the next three possessions for the Tigers, which resulted in missed shots from Tyrus Thomas, Darrel Mitchell, and LSU’s main inside threat, Glen Davis.
Davis led the Tigers with 18 points and 11 rebounds, but it didn’t come without a challenge from Alabama freshman forward Richard Hendrix. Hendrix finished the game with eight points and seven rebounds, but also led the team in blocks with four.
“Today was one of those games where I had to be physical and play my role,” said Hendrix. “Whatever my role is, I need to step up and do my job. As the season goes on I learn my role and people respect that. It’s not about me just stepping up; it’s about the whole team stepping up.”
Alabama (12-8, 5-3 SEC) takes the court again Wednesday night when they play host to the Vanderbilt Commodores. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on JP-TV.