Men's Basketball Inside Game Too Much for Jackson State
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
By: Lance Walker, UA Media Relations
For the first time this season Alabama started forwards Chuck Davis and Richard Hendrix along with center Jermareo Davidson. It was a lineup Coach Mark Gottfried may use again. Freshman Richard Hendrix scored 23 points, a career high, and grabbed 12 rebounds. Jermareo Davidson also had a career high in points with 22, and Chuck Davis added 17 as Alabama beat Jackson State 101-66.
Alabama took control of the game early and never let the visiting Tigers pull close. The Tide led 42-30 at halftime, but then opened the second half with an 18-5 run that put the game away. Alabama surpassed the century mark in points for the first time this season. Freshman Alonzo Gee added 14 points for the Tide and point guard Ronald Steele chipped in 11.
It was a good victory for Mark Gottfried’s club after a tough loss to N.C. State. “I liked the way our team executed tonight. We played really hard; we shared the ball and executed our offense. I was proud of Richard. He is starting to get more comfortable. I’m proud of the freshman. Richard and Alonzo are doing a good job.”
It was a memorable night for Hendrix who made his first college start. “I found out on Christmas about 30 minutes before practice. I really didn’t expect it but when Coach told me that he was going to give me the chance to start I figured I would make the most of it.”
Alabama continues its tough non-conference schedule this weekend. The Tide travels to Norman, Oklahoma on December 31 to take on the Oklahoma Sooners. The game begins at 3:30 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN. Bama’s next home game is January 2 at 7:30 p.m. against Birmingham Southern.