Monday , Jan , 01 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Davidson, Alabama roll past Oklahoma

Tuscaloosa, AL (Sports Network) – Senior forward Jermareo Davidson scored 17
points and added six rebounds as the eighth-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide
knocked off Oklahoma, 70-55, at Coleman Coliseum.

Richard Hendrix contributed 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Alabama
(13-1), which has won six in a row. Justin Tubbs had 13 points and dished out
five helpers, while Ronald Steele contributed 12 points in the effort.
Sophomore Alonzo Gee, the team’s leading scorer coming into the game, was held
to just six points on the afternoon.

Tony Crocker netted 15 points and had eight rebounds for Oklahoma (8-4),
which saw its four-game winning streak come to an end. David Godbold came off
the bench to score 11 points for the Sooners and was the only other player in
double-figures.

The lone bright spot for Oklahoma came on the boards, as they grabbed 40
rebounds to Alabama’s 31. Rebounding had been the Crimson Tide’s strength this
season, as the team was averaging 43.8 rebounds a game compared to 33.2 by
opponents for a 10.6 margin.

Alabama rolled to an early lead, as Davidson opened the scoring with
a dunk. A short time later, with the Crimson Tide holding a 7-6 margin, the
team went on a 10-0 run and held a 17-6 edge at 12:30.

The Sooners missed six shots and went 5:11 without a field goal before
Nate Carter’s layup at 11:52, and Oklahoma continued to play catch-up through
the first half.

Godbold’s trey capped a 7-2 run that got the Sooners within four, 25-21, with
1:44 left, but Hendrix’s layup at the other end made it a six-point game and
Michael Neal missed a three-point attempt with ten ticks remaining as Alabama
carried a 27-21 lead into the break.

Oklahoma never threatened in the second half, as they made just four shots in
more than seven minutes and trailed 43-29 with 13:07 to play.

Alabama opened a 21-point lead with just over four minutes remaining in the
contest and coasted the rest of the way.

The Sooners shot just 36 percent in the game. Alabama made 45 percent of its
shots, including 67 percent over the final 20 minutes.

Game Notes

The Crimson Tide are 8-0 at home this season…Oklahoma holds a 4-2 edge in
the all-time series…The game marked the end of Alabamas regular season non-
conference schedule. The Crimson Tide open Southeastern Conference play
Saturday at Arkansas.

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