Charvez Shoots Bama By Bisons

There were elements of the Alabama-Lipscomb basketball game that were underwhelming. Elements as in approximately the number on the Periodic Table, which is all that are known. Nevertheless, there were also some very good things by Bama, perhaps the best of the year.

Alabama played good defense, rebounded well,and got timely shooting from Charvez Davis in taking a 71-51 win over Lipscomb in Coleman Coliseum Tuesday night.

The win improved the Crimson Tide to 6-6 (Bama is 6-0 at home, 0-6 on the road), while Lipscomb fell to 7-3.

Alabama returns to action in one week, on Tuesday, Dec. 28, hosting Pepperdine, which is coached by Tom Asbury, former Tide assistant coach under Mark Gottfried.

Tuesday's game was rough and tumble, which probably contributed to a number of turnovers and missed shots -- particularly by Lipscomb. Alabama's superior inside size played a significant role in Alabama's defensive success.

Charvez Davis, a 6-3 senior guard from Montgomery, had a career high 22 points on the strength of 8-11 field goal shooting, including 5-6 on three-point shots. He connected on three consecutive treys in a space of 58 seconds when Lipscomb had threatened to make a game of it in the second half, pulling to within 10 points at 47-37. Davis shot the Tide to a 56-37 lead with just over eight minutes to play. Davis's previous career high in scoring was 19 against Ole Miss last year.

Davis said, "Once I got going, I wanted to keep shooting. I've had my ups and downs this season, but my coaches and teammates told me to keep shooting."

Meanwhile, Alabama's inside troika of Tony Mitchell, JaMychal Green, and Chris Hines overwhelmed Lipscomb's star Bosnian import Adnan Hodzic.

Tony Mitchell had 18 points, eight rebounds, and three blocked shots; JaMychal Green had 14 points, six rebounds, and four blocked shots; and Chris Hines had just two points, but contributed 10 rebounds and two blocked shots. The Tide outscored the Bisons by 42-22 in the paint.

Alabama Coach Anthony Grant said, "I was very proud of our guys for the effort. I thought we set the tone with our energy. We didn't do a good job finishing plays offensively early, but the guys stayed with it and the shots started to fall. We knew Lipscomb was a good team and would battle back, and I was proud that we answered."

The coach said that Lipscomb had cut a 17-point lead down to eight and when "Charvez hit those three shots, I thought it sealed the win."

Lipscomb was led by outside shooter Jordan Burgason, whose only shots were treys (4-11) with 13 points, Hodzic with 12 points (on 6-16 shooting) and seven rebounds, and Josh Slater with 10 points.

Lipscomb's 51 points was its lowest scoring output since 2008 in a loss to Samford.

Lipscomb Coach Scott Sanderson said, "Wow. I didn't see that coming. I give Alabama credit, but we didn't play very well at all. We were really, really bad. We knew the two things that could get us were turnovers and rebounds, and we got off to a bad start.

"I didn't feel our guys competed."

Sanderson said he considers Alabama "a capable team," and said he thought the Tide's game against Lipscomb was Bama's best of the year based on having watched films of all the games.

Alabama connected on 30-63 field goals for 47.6 per cent shooting. Bama was 6-17 on treys -- Davis 5-6 and the rest of the team 1-11 -- for 35.3 per cent. Lipscomb was held to 19-66 on field goals, just 28.89 per cent, and made 5-25 on three-pointers, 20 per cent.

Alabama had 10 blocked shots, 19 assists, and 13 turnovers with 11 steals.

Bama's biggest lead was 24 points in the final moments.

Alabama took a 35-21 halftime lead in part because of a dominant inside game and in great part because Davis came off the bench and connected on 5-7 field goals, including 2-3 three-point shots, and had 13 points at intermission. David got his points in just 10 minutes of playing time.

Bama had seven blocked shots at the half, which contributed to Lipscomb making only 25.8 per cent of its field goals (8-31). The Bisons made only 1-8 three-pointers in the first 20 minutes.

Bama scored the first eight points of the game, but Lipscomb tied the game at 8-8 and then took a 10-8 lead. Davis hit a three-pointer for an 11-10 lead. Lipscomb tied the game at 13, but Davis hit another trey and the game was never tied and the Tide never trailed again.

TIDE NOTES: Former Alabama Basketball Coach Wimp Sanderson and his wife, Annette, were on hand for the game to see their son Scott coach Lipscomb. Also at the game were Sanderson's fellow coaches in the 1970s when C.M. Newton was head coach and John Bostick was an assistant with Sanderson. Newton and Bostick live in Tuscaloosa.

Senario Hillman, who was called for an intentional foul in Alabama's loss to Oklahoma State in Oklahoma City last Saturday, did not start the game against Lipscomb, but went into the game after sitting the first three minutes. Charles Hankerson started at the wing spot in place of Hillman.

Former Alabama Coach David Hobbs frequently scouts Crimson Tide basketball games, but was not at Tuesday's game. He is mentioned here only because it allows this story to include the name of every living man who has been head coach of the Alabama men's basketball team. (Hey, it's an Internet story.)

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