Davidson Leads Tide to 73-63 Victory Over Bulldogs


Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Jermareo Davidson


By Kyle Murphy, UA Media Relations

Four players scored in double figures on Tuesday night as the 18th ranked Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 73-63 in front of 7,773 at Coleman Coliseum.

The Tide and the Bulldogs were tied at 51 with 9:17 left to go in the game when Alabama sparked a 19-12 run to close out the contest.

Jermareo Davidson once again led the Crimson Tide, recording his third straight double-double with 15 points and 16 rebounds, including 12 defensive boards. The junior center from Atlanta won a close rebounding contest with the Bulldogs’ Preseason Wooden Award Candidate and last season’s NCAA leading rebounder Paul Millsap, who led Louisiana Tech with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

“They told me he (Millsap) was the top rebounder,” said Davidson.

“I knew we had to step up. It was going to be a battle of the boards. The game was won on the inside.”

Chuck Davis scored 15 points for the Tide, including going four-for-five from the free throw line. Freshman Richard Hendrix recorded his second straight game in double figures, scoring 12 with a perfect six-for-six night from the field. Sophomore point guard Ronald Steele contributed 10 points for Alabama.

“We have to get better defensively,” said Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried.

“I thought later in the game we guarded them pretty well. We have to get better pressuring the ball and blocking out. On offense, we are a team that hurts ourselves too much. We have to be better than a 54 percent free throw shooting team.”

Alabama (3-1) will take to the court Saturday night when they go head-to-head with 2004-2005 Big South Conference Champion Winthrop Eagles (4-0). Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. from Coleman Coliseum.