Thursday , Mar , 16 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Felix leads Alabama to upset over Marquette

San Diego, CA (Sports Network) – Jean Felix scored a career-high 33 points and
Ronald Steele added 22 as Alabama topped Marquette, 90-85, in an Oakland
bracket first-round game of the NCAA Tournament at Cox Arena.

Jermareo Davidson racked up 19 points and 10 rebounds for the 10th-seeded
Crimson Tide (18-12), who will face either UCLA or Belmont Saturday in the
second round.

Dominic James delivered 20 points and Steve Novak had 17 for the Golden Eagles
(20-11), who fought back from a 15-point deficit late in the first half to
create an exciting game on a day filled with apprehension and anxiety in San
Diego.

The start of the contest was delayed by an hour and 10 minutes because of a
threat of suspicious activity that caused the evacuation of Cox Arena during
the morning.

During an pre-game security check, two bomb-sniffing dogs were alarmed by a
vendor cart inside the stadium around three hours before the scheduled tip.
The building was immediately cleared and both teams were sent back to their
hotels before authorities determined the arena to be completely safe.

It turned out the only bombs in the building came from Alabama’s players. The
Crimson Tide drained 12-of-24 shots from beyond the arc, with Felix knocking
down 8-of-11 tries.

Marquette roared back in the second half and took a 65-63 lead on a James
three-pointer with 9:11 remaining, but Alabama countered with an 18-6 run to
build a 10-point advantage with under five minutes to go.

The Golden Eagles again rallied and got within 86-85 after James made two free
throws with 54.6 seconds left. However, Novak missed a turnaround jumper and
Steele hit two foul shots for a three-point edge with 19.3 seconds to go.

Novak misfired on a three-pointer on Marquette’s next possession and the
Tide’s Brandon Hollinger sealed the win by making two from the stripe.

ALABAMA MARQUETTE