February 28, 2007

Tide shuts down Rebels 69-58

Facing a must-win situation at home and playing without star point guard Ronald Steele, the Alabama Crimson Tide (20-9, 7-8) found their long lost defense and used it to shut down the Ole Miss Rebels (20-9, 7-8) for a 69-58 victory that gives the Tide a chance to win a share of the SEC West with a win at Mississippi State on Sunday.

"It was a good win coming off losing two in a row," said sophomore forward Richard Hendrix. "Especially when we needed a win so badly, this was a good win. Our guys stepped up and played good ball especially down the stretch. We just have to carry this momentum on into Starkville and hopefully get a win against Mississippi State."

Hendrix finished the game with 12 points and 5 rebounds in a game that saw the Tide take advantage of their size and strength to dominate the paint with the Tide out-rebounding the Rebels 48-37.

"I thought Alabama was a little quicker to the ball," said Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy. "I thought that every ball that was 50-50, they seemed to come up with it. They attacked us as evidenced by the fact that they shot 21 free throws and we shot 6."

Leading the rebounding surge for the Tide was senior Jermareo Davidson who in his final game in Coleman Coliseum finished with 11 rebounds and 12 points.

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