All five Georgia starters and one substitute fouled out of the game for the Bulldogs, who committed 34 personal fouls. The result was Bama shooting 42 free throws. Alabama didn't shoot from the foul line as well as usual, hitting only 28, but that was a major part of the margin of victory.
The game had been scheduled for Saturday, but Georgia's team was unable to make the trip because of icy conditions in Georgia. The Sunday night contest still drew a nice crowd to Coleman Coliseum, announced as 12,545.
Alabama continues to lead the Southeastern Conference Western Division with a 6-1 record. The 14th-ranked Crimson Tide is now 17-3 on the season. Georgia, decimated by NCAA scholarship sanctions, fell to 7-10 overall and 1-6 in SEC competition.
Alabama has an open date Wednesday. The Tide returns to action Saturday at Florida in a game that will tipoff at 3 p.m. EST, 2 p.m. CST, and be regionally telecast by Jefferson-Pilot.
Alabama Coach Mark Gottfried was clearly unhappy with the Georgia style of play, which consisted of aggressive hand-checking, grabbing, moving screens, and just about any kind of contact the Bulldogs could manage. As a result, the starters got a lot of bench time. "Everyone can choose to play a style, but that's not basketball," Gottfried said after the game.
Gottfried said he put his starters back in the game with nine minutes to play thinking "There was still a lot of basketball to play." It took him only about a minute to decide "they didn't need to be in there."
The liberal use of subs made the 28-point contest seem much closer than it was. Georgia had only 17 points at halftime, trailing 36-17, and only 23 when Gottfried cleared the bench with just over eight minutes to play. At that point Bama had a 62-23 lead.
Gottfried, who expressed appreciation for Alabama's turnout considering the schedule change, said, "I thought our guys did a nice job of playing the game without getting frustrated, showing poise." He added he was particularly pleased with the level of defense played by Bama.
Although the Bulldogs took 10 more shots from the field than Alabama, the Tide held Georgia to only 31.5 per cent shooting (17 of 54). Georgia made only 4 of 23 three-point attempts, 17.4 per cent.
Meanwhile, Alabama was having only a fair shooting night, 22-44 from the field for 50 per cent, but only 3-16 on three-pointers, 18.8 per cent.
That liberal use of subs, along with Georgia's aggressive defense, forced Bama into a season-high 26 turnovers. But Alabama also forced a season-high-by-opponent 24 turnovers as the Tide had a season-high 15 steals.
Led by Jermareo Davidson with 10 rebounds, Alabama had a 43-27 advantage on the boards.
Although he played just 20 minutes, Kennedy Winston hit seven-of-10 field goals and had a game-high 18 points. He had Alabama's first eight points of he game, then scored eight more points in the first three-and-a-half minutes of the second half. Chuck Davis and Earnest Shelton had 11 each for Bama. Alabama played 13 men and 11 scored for the Tide.
Alabama had 28 points in the paint to 18 for Georgia. The Tide scored 24 points off turnovers, Georgia 17. Bama had 19 second chance points, the Bulldogs 10. Georgia did have four fast break points, while Alabama did not score on a fast break.
Channing Toney, who came off the bench and managed to play 24 minutes before fouling out, was the only Georgia player in double figures, getting 14 points.