November 5, 2007

Tide tops UNA in exhibition

TUSCALOOSA - A sloppy start gave way to a dominant second half performance by the Alabama Crimson Tide in its Monday night exhibition game against Division II North Alabama as the Tide overcame 19 turnovers to win 99-71 spurred on by a 26-0 run to start the second half.

"We were obviously a lot better in the second half than we were in the first half in just about every aspect of the game," said Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried "We've got a long way to go but our guys are learning what to do and how to apply it every day."

The Crimson Tide was sluggish in the first half shooting 48 percent and giving away 10 turnovers. A pair of three-pointers by UNA guard Quinn Beckwith tied the game at 14 with 12:37 remaining in the first half and the Lions kept things close for the remainder of the half taking their first lead with five minutes remaining in the half until an Alonzo Gee dunk gave the Tide a one-point lead going into halftime 43-42.

"We're trying to do some things offensively in getting up and down the floor," Gottfried said. "In the first half we pushed the ball and ended up turning it over a lot. Richard (Hendrix) didn't get a lot of touches in the first half and we made it a point of emphasis in the second half to establish him under the basket."

After being held to just three points in the first half, Hendrix finished with a team-best 18 points along with 9 rebounds.

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