TUSCALOOSA - Despite game leading performances by Chuck Davis and freshman Alonzo Gee, the 22nd ranked Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball team fell victim to a 78-71 loss at the hands of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
The loss came in front of 12,414 fans at the newly renovated Coleman Coliseum, which was re-dedicated during pregame ceremonies by University of Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore. Alabama’s 1968 squad, the first team to play in Coleman Coliseum, was recognized at halftime.
Alabama was led by Davis, the senior forward from Selma, who put up a season high 29 points to lead all players. Gee contributed 15 points and four steals. Gee’s steal totals led all players. Sophomore point guard Ronald Steele also scored in double figures, scoring 12 points while playing the whole 40 minutes. Davis and freshman forward Richard Hendrix led Alabama with seven rebounds.
Notre Dame led by as few as one point with 3:19 left in the game, but they bounced back with some key free throws. The Fighting Irish were 15-for-19 from the free throw line.
Alabama’s free throw woes continued as the Tide shot 11-for-21 from the line. This season, Bama is 98-for-152 from the free throw line.
Four players scored in double figures for Notre Dame, including Colin Falls who scored 24 points while going 7 for-17 from the field. All of his shots were 3-pointers. Torin Francis also scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Fighting Irish.
“We got down 17 but our guys had chances and they fought hard,” said Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried. “Notre Dame did a good job setting a lot of screens and Ron (Steele), with a bad back, tried to fight through them. Evan Brock was a little hurt but I’ll give him credit, he fought hard. We just have to find a way to overcome these things.”
Alabama hits the road this weekend for a contest against the Temple Owls in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 10 and the game will be televised by espn2. The Tide defeated the Owls last year 75-71 in Tuscaloosa.
The Crimson Tide’s next home game will be Saturday, December 17th when they play host to the Georgia State Panthers at 7 p.m. from Coleman Coliseum.