No. 21 Alabama edges Winthrop
Tuscaloosa, AL (Sports Network) – Chuck Davis scored 22 points as 21st-ranked
Alabama survived a major scare by defeating Winthrop, 60-57, at Coleman
Jermareo Davidson chipped in 12 points and nine rebounds for the Crimson Tide
(4-1), who won the rebounding battle 32-24 and shot 49 percent from the floor.
Torrell Martin led all scorers with 24 points for the Eagles (4-1), while
James Shuler added 10 points in the loss.
Alabama trailed by four points at the midway mark of the second half, but
three-pointers by Justin Jonus and Ronald Steele helped put the Tide back in
front to stay.
The Crimson Tide led 58-51 with 2 1/2 minutes to play, but watched the lead
shrink to one after Shuler and Martin buried three-pointers.
Davis then made two clutch free throws to stretch the lead to 60-57 and
Winthrop was unable to tie the game in the closing seconds.
Sloppy first-half play by the Tide kept them from opening a substantial lead.
Davis scored 14 points in the half and Alabama led 33-31 at the break.
The game matched two 2005 NCAA tournament teams…Coleman Coliseum will be re-
dedicated on Wednesday night before tip-off against Notre Dame…This was the
second-ever meeting between the two schools. Alabama defeated Winthrop in its
1995-96 home opener, 84-69.