Davis Leads Alabama Men Past Tennessee State, 87-79


Saturday, December 18, 2004

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By Chris Woodfin

TUSCALOOSA -- Chuck Davis had a career night to lead the No. 17 University of Alabama men's basketball team (9-1) to an 87-79 victory over the Tennessee State Tigers (5-6).  The Selma native picked up his second straight double-double game, scoring 24 points, just one point shy of his career high, and grabbing a career best 12 rebounds.  The junior forward also had a career high seven blocked shots in helping the Crimson Tide earn their 400th all-time victory in Coleman Coliseum.

"I thought Chuck played very well," Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried said.  "He was very active.  He did a very good job on the backboards rebounding the ball.  He just played well tonight and had a good game."

"I played well, but I really commend my teammates for getting me the ball so I could get easy shots," Davis said.  "I didn't have to work too hard.  I was able to play good defense, alter a few shots and get some rebounds."

With the Tide's three point shooting struggling and holding only a 39-33 lead at the half, Davis stepped up, scoring six points in a 10-0 UA run to open the second half in the first 1:42 of the stanza. 

Alabama would go on to lead by as much as 25 points in the second half before the Tigers began coming back after Alabama's starters had left the contest.

The Tide shot 46.5 percent for the game, but was only eight-of-26 from three point range.  TSU finished the game shooting 38.7 percent from the field and only slightly better than Alabama behind the arc, connecting on nine-of-25 three point attempts.

Kennedy Winston and Earnest Shelton helped Davis carry the load for the Tide.  Winston scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds.  Shelton, who graduated earlier in the day, added 15 points.

Bruce Price led four Tennessee State players in double figures with a game high 26 points.  Rod Flowers and Roshaun Bowens each had 11 points.  Eric King finished the night with a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.

The Tide returns to action next Wednesday at Coleman Coliseum as Alabama plays host to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.  Tip-off for the contest is set for 7:00 p.m.  The game can be heard on the Crimson Tide Sports Network.


Game Tennessee State 01
Evan Brock goes up as he attempts to block a Tennessee State shot.
(Photo by Dusty Compton)

Game Tennessee State 02
Chuck Davis blocks a shot.
(Photo by Dusty Compton)

Game Tennessee State 03
Chuck Davis dribbles the ball upcourt.
(Photo by Dusty Compton)

Game Tennessee State 04
Chuck Davis shoots a sky hook over a defender.
(Photo by Dusty Compton)

Game Tennessee State 05
Ronald Steele works the ball upcourt.
(Photo by Dusty Compton)