Tuesday , Nov , 29 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Crimson Tide stems Louisiana Tech

Tuscaloosa, AL (Sports Network) – Chuck Davis scored 15 points to help 21st-
ranked Alabama pull away to a 73-63 victory over Louisiana Tech.

Jermaneo Davidson recorded his third straight double-double with 15 points and
16 rebounds, while Ronald Steele added 10 points and eight assists.

The Crimson Tide (3-1) also received 12 points on a perfect 6-of-6 shooting
from Richard Hendrix.

Paul Millsap led all scorers with 21 points and grabbed 11 boards, but was
hindered by foul trouble throughout the contest.

Corey Dean tallied 11 points and Jerome Richardson chipped in 10 for
Louisiana Tech.

The Bulldogs (2-3) trimmed the deficit to two quickly in the second half
behind a pair of treys, and jumped to a 45-43 advantage on Michael Wilds’
layup with 14:09 remaining.

However, with Millsap playing passive with four fouls, Alabama took advantage
on the interior, outscoring the Bulldogs 22-12 during the final nine minutes.

The Tide crashed the boards for many second-chance points, while the normally
aggressive Millsap shot only two free throws in the final nine minutes.

“I knew we had to step up,” Davidson said. “It was going to be a battle of the
boards. The game was won on the inside.”

Alabama took a quick 15-8 lead on a layup by Davis with just over 14 minutes
to go in the half. The momentum continued, as the Tide jumped to a 24-13 lead
on Alonzo Gee’s three-pointer with just over 10 minutes remaining.

Louisiana Tech turned to its star, Millsap, who scored eight points during a
17-10 stretch that cut the lead to 34-30. Steele then drained a trey and
Davis poured in a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Tide a 40-32
halftime lead.

Davis tallied 11 points, while Millsap scored 17 points on 8-of-11 from the

Game Notes

The game featured two John Wooden Preseason Player of the Year candidates in
Davis and Millsap…Millsap led the NCAA in rebounding each of the last two
seasons…The Tide host Winthrop on Saturday night…Alabama leads the all-
time series 5-0. The two schools last met in 2004 with the Tide prevailing