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Alabama's Alonzo Gee (12) knocks the ball out of bounds while defending against Coppin State's Tywain McKee (22).
Oh, Gee: Alabama sophomore sinks 26 as Tide sinks Coppin
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama sophomore Alonzo Gee came within one field goal of a school record, scored a career-high 26 points and even gave the crowd something to roar about with a soaring 360-degree dunk in No. 10 Crimson Tide’s 99-49 victory over Coppin State on Saturday.
Crimson Tide center Jermareo Davidson gave quite a performance himself — just by showing up.
Davidson, who is mourning the death of his older brother Wednesday, started and had six points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes for Alabama (11-1). Davidson’s girlfriend was killed last month after the car they were riding in flipped over on a Georgia interstate.
Alabama coach Mark Gottfried said Davidson asked to play Saturday despite the tragedies.
“He had a lot on his mind,” Gottfried said. “He didn’t make a lot of points, but he played well.”
Gee was 12-for-14 from the field, including 11 straight field goals — one shy of the record that was set by Buck Johnson against Mississippi State in 1983.
“Dang!” Gee said after learning about his near-record. “It feels good, but now I wish I could have made that 12th one.”
Athens High graduate Richard Hendrix had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Mykal Riley added 13 points.
Yamene Colemen had 10 rebounds, while Demetrius Jemison followed with nine as the Crimson Tide finished with a 52-24 rebound advantage.
Tywain McKee led Coppin State (2-9) with 12 points.
Coppin State scored five straight points to get within three points midway through the first half. Alabama broke the game open with a 33-12 run and led 55-30 at halftime.
The Tide opened the second half on a 17-1 run to make the score 72-31. Alabama matched the final 50-point lead two other times.
“Our team played today with a lack of enthusiasm,” Coppin State coach Ron “Fang” Mitchell said. “Alabama had their way with us. They shot the ball tremendously in the first half, and we could never really get out of it.
“We played like a team ready to go home for holidays.”
Alabama point guard Ronald Steele said he was playing at “70 percent” while battling tendinitis in the right knee and a sprained left ankle. He had nine points and nine assists.
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