Tide Uses Late Surge to Down Eagles 60-57


Saturday, December 03, 2005

Evan Brock

By Kyle Murphy, UA Media Relations


TUSCALOOSA--In a contest that was back and forth all night, the University of Alabama used a big momentum shift in the second half to defeat the Winthrop Eagles 60-57 on Saturday night in Coleman Coliseum.

The Eagles led by as much as four points midway through the second half, but key dunks by Evan Brock and Jermareo Davidson and a pair of three-pointers by Justin Jonus and Ronald Steele pushed the momentum in the Tide’s favor. Davidson’s dunk with 9:55 left in the game gave Alabama a 49-47 advantage and the Tide never trailed after that.

Chuck Davis led the way for Bama with 22 points. The senior forward from Selma was eight-for-thirteen from the field and two-for-four from the three point line.  Jermareo Davidson contributed 12 points and four blocks for the Tide.

Turnovers were key in the first half, with the Eagles only committing three as compared to Bama’s ten. The Eagles scored 13 of their 31 first half points off Bama’s turnovers. The second half was a different story, however, as Alabama only committed six turnovers. The Eagles only scored two points off those turnovers in the second half.

"Tonight we beat a good basketball team,” said Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried. “It was a night for our veteran players. Tonight, the veterans came through on defensive end. That was the key to the game.”

Alabama (4-1) will take to the court again Wednesday night at 6 p.m. when they play host to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2-2). The contest will feature the dedication of the newly renovated Coleman Coliseum and will be televised to a national audience by ESPN.