Gee, the Tide Wins

Alonzo Gee makes two free throws with .5 seconds to go in the game to capture a 79-77 win over Southern Miss (3-2). In front of a paid attendance of 9,140, the Tide moves to 4-1 on the early season.

Surprisingly, the Golden Eagles started with a bigger line-up than the previous games by inserting 6-8 Andre Stephens to go along with Courtney Beasley, Gjio Bain, R.L. Horton, and Jeremy Wise.

Alabama's starters consisted of Richard Hendrix, Demetrius Jemison, Mikhail Torrance, Mykal Riley, and Alonzo Gee.

Bama started the game 4-0 with baskets by Gee and Hendrix, but Southern Miss would tie it at 5-5 at 17:08 when Horton hit a three. That would be as close as the Golden Eagles would get in trying to take the lead in the first half.

It would stay close until the Tide went to a three-quarter court press around the seven minute mark as Bama would build to a 10 point lead on a dunk by Hendrix at the 3:49 mark. Alabama would go into the half with a 38-31 lead.

In the second half, Southern Miss would close the gap to only three points until the Tide would open up a 14 point lead when Senario Hillman hit two free throws to make it 62-48.

The Eagles would have one more come back in them as they would tie the game at 77 all with a made first free throw with 19.4 seconds.

On the second free throw (missed), the Tide would call timeout with 10.6 seconds left to set up a play. After coming off a pick, Riley found a cutting Torrance who dished to Gee for a short jumper that rimmed out.

Just before the buzzer sounded, a whistle blew calling a foul on the Golden Eagles sending Gee to the line for two shots. After a couple of time outs (the last being a freezer), the referees decided to put .5 seconds back on the clock.

After Gee would make both free throws, Southern Miss would call another time-out to set up a desperation shot. The Eagles would heave a full court pass that found leading scorer Wise, (33 points for the game) and his long three pointer would hit the rim and fall no good.

Bama was led by Gee who had 25 points (11-11 from the charity stripe), and six rebounds. Hendrix would continue his streak of double-doubles with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Riley would also contribute 15 points and four steals.

After the game, Coach Mark Gottfried stated, "We beat a team tonight that will win a lot of games. They are well coached. When we have a good lead, we need to help ourselves by not taking quick shots."

Coach Gottfried also commented on the status of Rico Pickett who was suspended for the game by saying, "Rico's suspension is over, and he will be available for the next game since he has apologized to the team."

The Tide's next game is on the road at Texas A&M November 28th.

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