Thursday , Jan , 22 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Alabama’s leading scorer out with knee injury

Tuscaloosa, AL (Sports Network) – Alabama’s leading scorer, junior guard
Earnest Shelton, will be sidelined indefinitely because of a knee injury
suffered in Wednesday’s 45-42 win over Georgia.

Shelton, who is averaging 15.5 points per game, sprained the medial collateral
ligament in his right knee late in the first half. He tried to return in the
second half, but was removed immediately, finishing with five points in 15

“I think it really hurts us,” said University of Alabama head coach Mark
Gottfried. “We don’t know how long it’s going to be. Any team that loses their
leading scorer, obviously that makes things a lot more difficult for you. And
it’s unfortunate because he’s been playing exceptionally well on both ends of
the court.”

Senior Emmett Thomas may slide into Shelton’s spot in the starting lineup when
the Crimson Tide plays at Ole Miss on Saturday.

“We’ll take it game by game, see how he feels, and hopefully it won’t be
long,” Gottfried said.

Shelton underwent surgery last January to repair cartilage in his right knee.
He injured the knee in a collision with one of his teammates during practice
on that occasion.