Davis's Bombs Get Bama Jump-Started

For a while, it appeared Alabama might suffer an embarrassing home loss to the SEC's worst team (LSU). Then the Tide got out a mortar -- rather than a broom -- to sweep the visitors from Bayou State.

Alabama trailed LSU much of the first half. Then, like a loaded bazooka, Charvez Davis got hot. And the Montgomery junior stayed that way, helping his team to a 57-38 win over the Tigers. Davis, one of the top three-point shooters in the junior college ranks the past two seasons, showed why the former Tide basketball staff signed him by coming off the bench to make five of his seven three-point shots in the comeback win over the visiting Bayou Bengals.

In short, Davis was feeling it. And he knows his role on the team.

"Just shoot when I‘m open," he said. "My players did a good job of finding me when I was open. Coach always tells me to be shot-ready, and to shoot the ball when I‘m open. I know if I hit a couple of shots, that will spark us, and the defense will open up on the inside."

Said Tide Coach Anthony Grant: "We were lucky tonight that we were able to get shots to fall. Our guys did a good job of moving the ball around.

"We were more patient offensively (in the second half), and we were able to get shots to fall, We showed signs of improvement, (but) we haven't arrived. As a basketball team, we're beginning to understand who we are, and what it takes to have success."

Thing was, Davis's teammates noticed. Not wanting to be left out of the "bomb squad" meeting, Senario Hillman, Mikhail Torrance, and Tony Mitchell combined for 4-5 shooting from deep themselves. As a team, Bama blistered the cords for a 9-17, a 52.9 per cent performance. By comparison, the frigid Bayou Bengals managed just 1-9 behind the arc and a season-low 29.2 per cent from the field on overall 14-48 shooting.

"Charvez got hot, and I was trying to find him," said Torrance. "Then Senario hit one, and I hit one, and Tony hit a few."

Grant noticed. So did LSU, and an announced crowd of 10,657 at Coleman Coliseum.

"My thing with Charvez, is he's got to affect the game in other ways than shooting. I've got great confidence in him as a shooter. He puts the time in. He can make shots.

"You've got to do other things , too. It only takes two seconds to get a shot off. What are you doing the other 20 minutes."

Down a deuce at 25-23 at the half, Alabama won the second stanza 34-13. It took LSU 17:11 to get to double digits for the final 20 minutes. Next up for the Tide is a road trip -- it's last ever to Beard-Eaves Coliseum in Auburn, as the Tigers are constructing a new arena for hoops.. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.

"It'll be a tough game, and a very hard-fought game," said Grant. "I'm looking forward to the chance to take our team to Auburn."

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