Tide Finally Gets Rolling And Wins Big

The Alabama men's basketball team of Coach Mark Gottfried, which fell to 22nd in the nation last week, had a slow start against Jacksonville State in Coleman Coliseum Friday night, but when the Tide got rolling it rolled to an easy 99-57 victory. The win improved Alabama's record to 7-2, while Jacksonville fell to 1-4.

Bama, which has been in final examinations this week, had a new starting line-up after lethargic performances in a close win against Tennessee-Chattanooga and a blow-out loss at the hands of UCLA last week. Rod Grizzard did not start for the first time in 55 games and he was joined on the bench by Kenny Walker, who missed his first start of the year. Walker responded to his demotion as he connected on six-of-seven shots from the field and eight-of-ten free throws for a game-high 20 points. He also had a team-high seven rebounds.

Travis Stinnett and Reggie Rambo started in place of Grizzard and Walker.

Alabama set a school record with 22 steals, led by the five each by Grizzard and Terrance Meade. The Tide scored 44 points off Jacksonville State turnovers.

Jacksonville State scored the first six points of the game, but Alabama scored the next 23 and went on to a 42-21 halftime lead. The Tide led by as many as 51 points late in the second half.

Bama also scored 48 points in the paint, despite the fact that the Tide's top big man, Erwin Dudley, got two quick fouls and sat out most of the first half. In fact, with 10 minutes to play Dudley did not have a point. In a spurt of just over four minutes he scored all of his 13 points. He played only 14 minutes.

Freshman Mo Williams made it into double figures in scoring and just missed getting a point guard's double-double as he had nine assists to go with his 10 points. Freshman wing guard Earnest Shelton had 17 points in relief of Meade, who had 14 points.

Grizzard took only five shots from the field, hitting three of them. He also connected on his only two free throws, finishing with only eight points in his 22 minutes of playing time.

Bama hit 51 per cent for the game, including 35 per cent of its three-point shots (eight-of-23), while holding Jacksonville State to 37 per cent, including only 18 per cent of its three-pointers (two-of-11).

Next up for Bama is a game against Temple in the Jimmy V Classic in the Meadowlands in New Jersey at 6 p.m. CST Tuesday. ESPN will televise the game. The Tide returns to Coleman Coliseum next Friday at 7 p.m. against Alabama A&M.


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