Tide Slips Past Winthrop

Another night, and another player shows up at the end to make the difference in a closely contested game for the Alabama basketball team (4-1) in its 60-57 win over Winthrop, handing the Eagles (4-1) their first loss of the season Saturday night at Coleman Coliseum.

Alabama vs. Winthrop Box Score

With Alabama leading 59-57 and time running out, Brock contested a long-range three pointer from Winthrop guard Torrell Martin, altering the would-be game-winning shot. Bama's Chuck Davis clutched the rebound and was fouled with four tenths of a second to play. Davis hit one of the two free throws for the last score of the game.

"His contest on that last shot made Martin alter his shot, just with his length, his hustle and his determination," Alabama Head Coach Mark Gottfried said. "He made the guy shoot it higher because of how long he is."

Brock subbed for started Jean Felix at the small forward, and equaled his career high with 30 minutes of floor time in the game. He had five points (three of four on free throws), two assists and two steals. Brock, Davis, Ronald Steele and Jermareo Davidson played over 30 minutes in the game, with Richard Hendrix the only other reserve with double digit minutes.

"The game came down to our veteran players and our ability to guard them late in the game," Gottfried said. "With Winthrop you have unique matchups in that their bigs can step away and make the three. I felt like Evan was doing so good on Martin, I wanted to use timeouts to rest them rather than substitutions."

Alabama shot 48.9 percent (22 of 45) from the field while Winthrop shot 42.6 percent (23 of 54. Alabama out-rebounded Winthrop 32-24, and had 16 turnovers, five more than Winthrop. Alabama was 5 of 12 (41.7 percent) from three point range and Alabama was 5 of 20 (25 percent).

Alabama took a two point lead into the half, and after scoring the opening basket in the second half, was outscored 12-4 over the next six minutes. Ronald Steele and Justin Jonus three pointers in back-to-back Alabama offensive possessions around a Martin field goal tied the game at 47-47, then Alabama had better success breaking the press, getting two Jermareo Davidson dunks for a lead it never relinquished.

Gottfried said it was no secret Alabama other teams will try to press Alabama in the future. Alabama plays Notre Dame in the Coleman Coliseum dedication game next Wednesday.

Chuck Davis Bama with 22 points. The senior forward from Selma was 8-for-13 from the field and two-for-four from the three point line. Jermareo Davidson contributed 12 points, nine rebounds and four blocks for the Tide.

Turnovers were key in the first half, with the Eagles only committing three as compared to Bama's 10. The Eagles scored 13 of their 31 first half points off Bama's turnovers. The second half was a different story, however, as Alabama only committed six turnovers. The Eagles only scored two points off those turnovers in the second half.

"Tonight we beat a good basketball team," Gottfried said. "It was a night for our veteran players. Tonight, the veterans came through on defensive end. That was the key to the game."

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