Bama defeats Global Sports

Tuscaloosa -- The Alabama Crimson Tide opened up their season tonight with an exhibition win over Global Sports, 75-69 at Coleman Coliseum.

The Tide jumped out to an early 42-27 lead at the half, and had four players in double figures.

Junior guard Earnest Shelton scored a game-high 22 points on seven-of-11 shooting including three-of-seven from three point range. Shelton, who also had three assists and three steals, dislocated his ring finger on his shooting hand 24 seconds into the game. After receiving treatment, Shelton came back on fire.

"It was unbelievable," Alabama Head Coach Mark Gottfried said. "I was thinking the worst when he came over and his finger was at a 90 degree angle. But he came back and played well."

Senior guard Antione Pettway, sophomore guard Kennedy Winston and sophomore forward Evan Brock all scored 11 points a piece and sophomore forward Chuck Davis had nine points, two assists, four steals and pulled down nine rebounds. Freshman Jermareo Davidson had five points and seven boards in his collegiate debut.

"We are at the beginning of a process right now," Gottfried said. "We did some good things tonight and it is going to be fun watching this team develop."

Global Sports had three players in double figures. Chris Bacon led the team with 18 points on eight-of-11 shooting while Shawn Daniels and Ron Riley added 17 and 14 points, respectively.

Alabama will open the regular season next Friday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City against No. 22 Pittsburgh in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN 2 at 6 p.m. Central Standard Time.

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