November 9, 2007

Hendrix dominates in Tide win

TUSCALOOSA - The Alabama Crimson Tide overcame opening day jitters and 25 turnovers to scratch out an 84-72 win against a feisty Troy thanks to a dominant performance from All-SEC forward Richard Hendrix.

The junior from Athens finished with 22 points and 23 rebounds, the 6th most rebounds in a single game by a Crimson Tide player. Hendrix was particularly dominant on the defensive end of the floor where he hauled in 16 defensive rebounds and helped hold the Trojans to just 18 points in the paint.

"I've got to give a lot of credit to my teammates tonight. All my shots were point blank. I couldn't have gotten any of them without my teammates feeding me the ball. If we can keep that up all season long, we'd all love that."

Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried attributed Hendrix's dominance to an improved, lighter frame with the junior dropping 25 points in the offseason.

"He's quicker, he's more agile, he jumps higher. He's just a better basketball player right now," Gottfried said. "I think a lot of that is to do with his conditioning. We're going to keep working him hard and challenging him everyday. I don't want him to get comfortable this year. We're going to push him and get him out of his comfort zone everyday and he's done a good job with it so far."

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