Saturday, December 06, 2003
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Tuscaloosa, Ala.--The University of Alabama men’s basketball team led from start to finish and stifled Austin Peay with a smothering defense in route to a 65-47 victory at Coleman Coliseum. The Tide improves to 4-2 for the season while the Governors fall to 2-3.
The Tide jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead over the first five minutes of the game and held a 38-19 halftime lead on the strength of a 21-4 run over a nine minute span in the first half.
Alabama continued to handle the Governors in the second half, taking a 29 point lead with 13:30 remaining before settling for the 18 point victory.
For the game, the Tide defense held Austin Peay to 32.7 percent shooting while forcing 18 turnovers. Alabama also picked up a season high 10 steals in the game.
Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried was pleased with his team’s defensive effort.
“I really liked our defense and intensity tonight,” Gottfried said. “This was a very good team we played and I think at the end of the season when you take a look at the RPI, this is going to be a very good win tonight.”
Alabama was led by Earnest Shelton who scored a game high 23 points. The Memphis native has now scored over 20 points in three of his last four contests. Also contributing for Alabama were Kennedy Winston with 15 points and freshman Jermareo Davidson with a career high 11 points.
Austin Peay was led by Adrian Henning who recorded his first double-double of the season with 16 points and a game high 10 rebounds.
The Tide returns to action next Saturday night as it hosts Athletes in Action in an exhibition game in Coleman Coliseum. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.