Tuesday , Nov , 28 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Tide put perfect record on line against UL-Monroe

Tuscaloosa, AL (Sports Network) – The sixth-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide
continue their three-game homestand tonight, when they host the UL-Monroe
Warhawks in non-conference action from Tuscaloosa.

The Tide comes into the game on a high note, as they posted a 74-44 triumph
over Texas-Southern on Saturday. It was a nice follow-up for Alabama, which
had previously won the Paradise Jam with three wins in four days. Now at 5-0
overall, the Tide will try to improve to 3-0 at Coleman Coliseum when they
play the middle contest of a three-game homestand tonight.

As for UL-Monroe, it was also in action this past Saturday when it posted an
88-53 triumph over Loyola (N.O.) in its home opener. The win snapped a brief
two-game slide and improved the team to an even 3-3 overall. The Warhawks
however, have not fared well in true road games, going 0-3 thus far.

In terms of the all-time series, Alabama is a perfect 4-0 versus UL-Monroe,
although the schools haven’t met since the 1998-99 season.

The Warhawks shot 51.7 percent from the floor and knocked down 13-of-23 three
pointers, as they cruised past Loyola this past weekend. The team also won the
battle on the boards, 37-25, and created 20 turnovers in the win. Tony Hooper
led the way, as he poured in a career-high 27 points and dished out eight
assists. Hooper currently leads the team in scoring this season with 14.0 ppg,
and he is also grabbing 4.7 rpg and handing out 3.5 apg. Jonas Brown and
Jordan Payne each chip in with 11.7 ppg, while Lance Brasher adds 10.5 ppg
and 5.0 rpg. As a team, UL-Monroe is netting 66.2 ppg despite shooting only
38.7 percent from the field.

Alabama has done well, dominating its opponents at both ends of the court
this season, as it is averaging 75.2 ppg off 47.0 percent shooting from the
field, while holding its foes to just 57.4 ppg and only 33.7 percent shooting.
Jermareo Davidson has been nearly unstoppable in the low post early on and he
is currently averaging a double-double with team-highs of 14.5 ppg and 11.0
rpg. Alonzo Gee is hot on his heels with 14.2 ppg, while Richard Hendrix adds
12.8 ppg and 8.0 rpg. Ronald Steele is also averaging 12.8 ppg, but he missed
the last game with a sore knee and his status for tonight’s game is not
known at this time. In the squad’s last game, Davidson just missed a triple-
double, as he turned in 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks in leading the
Tide to a 30-point win over Texas-Southern. Hendrix also got in the mix and
posted a double-double of his own with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Alabama shot
just 39.2 percent from the floor in the game, but made up for it by dominating
the boards 60-35.