Alabama Cruises to 105-68 Victory Over Alabama State


Sunday, November 20, 2005

Chuck Davis

by Kyle Murphy, UA Media Relations

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Six Crimson Tide players scored in double figures as the 14th ranked University of Alabama basketball team rebounded from Thursday night’s loss against Memphis to knock off the Alabama State Hornets 105-68 on Sunday night.
The Tide was led by last year’s Mr. Basketball in the state of Alabama Richard Hendrix. The freshman from Athens had career highs in points (22), and rebounds (14) to record his first career double-double in a Crimson Tide uniform. Hendrix was seven for eight from the field and eight for nine on free throws and also led the Tide in blocks with three.

“We finally executed offensively,” said Hendrix.

“We just wanted to play well and we did what we were supposed to. It took a loss to get us playing well.”

Center Jermareo Davidson recorded his second straight double-double. The junior from Atlanta scored 20 points and grabbed 11 boards. He was eight for nine in field goals and a perfect four for four from the foul line. Chuck Davis, Justin Jonus, Alonzo Gee, and Ronald Steele all scored in double figures for Alabama.

“I thought after the other night we needed to look at ourselves and figure out how this team needs to be competitive,” said Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried.

“We have to be a much smarter team and execute better on offense. We got good shots out of our offense and nobody was forcing them. On defense, for about the first eight minutes of the game we were pretty solid.”

Alexander Oliver led the Hornets with 16 points. Miguel Morton also added 12 points and seven rebounds.

The Crimson Tide will take the court again next Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. when they play host to the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Coleman Coliseum.