Saturday, December 04, 2004
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Kennedy Winston scored a career-high 33 points and hit a 16-foot jumper with 20.5 seconds left in the third overtime to give No. 22 Alabama a 102-101 win over Charlotte on Saturday night.
Winston forced overtime when he made an 18-footer with 2.9 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 78-all. That shot capped a rally which saw Alabama (6-1) rally from a seven-point deficit in the final three minutes.
Earnest Shelton added 21 points for the Crimson Tide, who won despite having to rely heavily on reserves as the extra periods wore on. Alabama lost starters Chuck Davis, Ronald Steele and Jermareo Davidson to fouls.
Curtis Withers led five 49ers (3-2) in double figures with 24 points, all in regulation. Eddie Badsen added 19 points, six of them coming in the third overtime, the last two on a driving dunk with 46.4 seconds remaining that gave the 49ers their final lead, 101-100.
After Winston's jumper gave Alabama the lead, Charlotte had a chance to win but Mitchell Baldwin missed a jumper.
Charlotte led by as many as three in the second overtime, but couldn't shake Alabama. The Crimson Tide forced overtime when Shelton fed Davidson inside for a bucket with less than 30 seconds left to tie it at 93.
Both teams led in the first overtime, with Brendan Plavich's tying the game for Charlotte at 83-all with his fifth 3-pointer with 1:05 remaining. The Crimson Tide had a final shot, but Winston's off-balance 3-point attempt was off the mark.