Tide's Comeback Falls Short Against No. 22 Georgia


Tuesday, February 18, 2003

Mo Williams

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By Chris Woodfin

Despite a ferocious comeback attempt in the final minutes, the University of Alabama men’s basketball team (14-8, 4-7 SEC) came up short against No. 22 (AP) Georgia (15-7, 7-4 SEC), 74-69 Tuesday night at Coleman Coliseum.

Trailing by 19 with 7:42 to play, Mo Williams sparked Alabama on a 26-11 run to cut the deficit to 73-69 with 27 seconds to play.  Williams, who played despite a fever and the flu, scored 11 of his team high 22 points during the Tide’s run.

However the Bulldogs managed to hold on, withstanding a flurry of Tide shot attempts, for the five point victory.

Also contributing to the Tide’s effort were Erwin Dudley with 19 points and Kennedy Winston with 13 points.  With his start tonight, Dudley surpassed Eddie Phillips for most starts in Alabama history with 122.

Although disappointed with the loss, Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried was proud of his player’s effort.

"I thought our guys played really hard and I’m proud of them for their effort," Gottfried said.  "To be down like we were and to come back and make it a four point game when we have the ball with 25 seconds to go, it’s a tremendous effort."

Jarvis Hayes led Georgia with a game high 23 points.   Also chipping in for the Bulldogs were Ezra Williams with 16 points and Chris Daniels with 11 points.

Alabama next hits the hardwood Saturday, February 22 in Knoxville, Tennessee as the Tide takes on the Tennessee Volunteers in SEC action. The game is set to tip-off at 1:00 p.m. CST.  Jefferson-Pilot will televise the contest.