TUSCALOOSA It was a big day for Chuck Davis at Coleman Coliseum Saturday. Just hours after graduating with a degree in consumer marketing that morning, the senior forward scored 22 points to help lead the Tide to an 85-58 win over the Georgia State Panthers.
“It was a great day,” said Davis.
“It was great walking across that stage and then coming out and having a big night. I came to play.”
Freshman Alonzo Gee also had a big night for the Crimson Tide, scoring a career high 19 points and grabbing five rebounds. Gee was seven-for-twelve from the field. Two other starters also scored in double figures for the Tide. Jermareo Davidson had 12 points and Ronald Steele contributed 11 for Bama.
After going eight-for-nine (88.9%) from behind the 3-point arch in the first half, the Panthers struggled in the second, shooting only one-for-nine (11.1%) from 3-point land.
One aspect of the game the Tide greatly improved on tonight was free throw shooting. Coming into the game, Bama had shot 107-for-164 from behind the line. Tonight they went 23-for-27 (85.2%).
Alabama dominated the inside game, scoring 40 points in the paint as opposed to the Panthers 14. The Tide also took advantage of rebounding, scoring 26 second chance points next to Georgia State’s five. The Tide outrebounded the Panthers 43-27.
Boyd Copeland led the Panthers with 14 points. Malcolm Manier added 10 points.
“We are all proud of Chuck,” said Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried.
“He had a great day. His family was here for graduation then he turned around and got 22 points. He’s just a smart senior on the floor. I liked the defense in the second half. Our intensity was a lot better. That was the difference in us opening the game up.”
Alabama hits the floor again Thursday night when the Crimson Tide plays host to the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Coleman Coliseum. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. and the game will be televised on FSN.