Mercer mashed

Tuscaloosa, Ala. -- The University of Alabama men's basketball (7-2) team led from start to finish in dominating fashion to defeat Mercer (5-6) 101-44 at Coleman Coliseum.

The 57 point margin matches the Crimson Tide's largest victory ever at Coleman Coliseum and ties the fourth biggest win in school history.

Alabama controlled every phase of the game. The Tide shot 53.3 percent while holding Mercer to just 28.3 percent. Alabama also outscored the Bears 56-18 in the paint while dishing out a season best 20 assists.

Defensively, the Tide grabbed a season high 57 rebounds and a season best 13 steals.

Six Alabama players scored in double figures including all five starters. Earnest Shelton paced the starting quintet with 20 points. Kennedy Winston (14 points), Chuck Davis (12 points), Antoine Pettway (11 points) and Jermareo Davidson (10 points) rounded out the Tide's starting five. Emmett Thomas added 18 points off of the bench.

Delmar Wilson led Mercer with 12 points.

Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried was pleased with the total team effort.

"We had a good team effort," Gottfried said. "Everybody played well. I really like how we defended and how we passed the ball. We are an unselfish team, but the ball moved really well and it is fun to watch. This is a fun team to watch."

Alabama returns to action Tuesday night when the Tide plays host to No. 15 (ESPN/USA Today)/No. 19 (AP) Wisconsin at Coleman Coliseum. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Net and can be heard on the Crimson Tide Sports Network.

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