No. 21 Ranked Wolfpack Tops Crimson Tide 68-64
TUSCALOOSA The University of Alabama men’s basketball team treated its fans to a nail-biter Thursday night at Coleman Coliseum, but in the end the 21st ranked North Carolina State Wolfpack came out on top, defeating the Crimson Tide by a score of 68-64 in front of 10,621 fans at Coleman Coliseum.
Senior forward Chuck Davis, coming off a big performance last weekend against Georgia State, led all players with 18 points. Davis needed nine points tonight to reach the 1,000 point plateau at the University of Alabama.
Point guard Ronald Steele also scored in double figures for the Tide. The sophomore from Birmingham played all 40 minutes and had 14 points. Alonzo Gee had nine points and nine rebounds, and Jermareo Davidson contributed nine points and eight rebounds for Alabama.
The Wolfpack had three players scoring in double figures. Ilian Evtimov and Engin Astur each had 15 points for N.C. State. Evtimov was five-for-nine from the field including shooting four-for-eight from the three-point line. Cameron Bennerman scored 14 points for the Wolfpack.
Free throws were the story of the second half for Alabama. After completing 7 of 13 (.538%) of their free throws in the first half, the Tide bounced back to connect for 90.9% (10-for-11) in the second half. N.C. State did not attempt a free throw until there was 19 seconds left to play in the game. Those shots would seal the deal for the Wolfpack.
“We are getting better,” said Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried.
“We’ve played a tough schedule. N.C. State is a good team. They are a veteran team. All of their players have played significant minutes and you could tell that down the stretch. I am proud of our team. We played hard and we are better today than we were.”
The Crimson Tide will take a short break for the Christmas holidays and then return to action Tuesday, December 27th when they take on the Jackson State Tigers. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at Coleman Coliseum. The Crimson Tide is honoring the military that night as any member of the military who attends the game in military uniform gets in free. Military ID cards showing current status will also be honored and allow the holder free admission.