Alabama Coasts To Easy Win

The Alabama men's basketball team of Coach Mark Gottfried, ranked 22nd in the nation by CNN/USA Today and 23rd by the Associated Press, had little trouble in blowing out Alabama A&M, 90-54, at Coleman Coliseum Friday night.

Bama, 9-2, returns to action Thursday at the Sugar Bowl Classic in New Orleans where the Tide will face Notre Dame in a game that tips off at 7 p.m. CST and will be televised by Fox. Bama returns to Tuscaloosa in a 1 p.m. game December 31, hosting Florida A&M.

Erwin Dudley led a quartet of Crimson Tiders in double figures as he tossed in 19 points. But the star of the game was Rod Grizzard, who had 15 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, two blocked shots and two steals. Kenny Walker also had 15 points while freshman Mo Williams had 11.

Bama had a 49-29 halftime lead in coasting to the victory. The Tide led by as many as 41 points in the second half. Bama hit 49 per cent from the field, including 37 per cent of its three-point shots. The Tide held Alabama A&M to only 27 per cent shooting. Bama won the rebounding battle, 49-42. Bama outscored A&M in the paint, 28-14.

Senior guard Desmond Cambridge had a big night for Alabama @&M as he hit eight-of-23 field goals, including 7-of-18 three-point shots, and five-of-six free throws for 28 points. A&M fell to 3-4.

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