Alabama Crimson Tide |  Alabama Crimson Tide |  South Carolina Gamecocks |  Vanderbilt Commodores |  Florida Gators

Alabama Crimson Tide

Monday, December 26, 2005

No. 21 N.C. State Handles Struggling Crimson Tide

Ilian Evtimov and Engin Atsur each scored 15 points as the 21st-ranked North Carolina State Wolfpack beat the Alabama Crimson Tide, 68-64, at Coleman Coliseum.
Cameron Bennerman added 14 points on 6-of-15 shooting for the Wolfpack (9-1), who have won four straight games.
Chuck Davis scored 18 points and Ronald Steele netted 14 for the Crimson Tide (5-4), who have lost three of their last four games.
The Wolfpack opened up the game by scoring the first nine points, as Evtimov netted five early on a three-pointer and a layup.
The Crimson Tide fired back with a 14-5 run and tied the game on Davis' layup with almost 12 minutes to go in the half.
North Carolina State went on an 8-1 run to take the lead at 22-15, highlighted by three-pointers from Evtimov and Gavin Grant.
Alabama countered with an 11-4 burst, as Steele scored five points and Davis added four, to tie the game 26-26 with about three minutes left in the half.
However, the Tide could not jump in front and the Wolfpack closed out the opening 20 minutes up 33-28, as Andrew Brackman scored on consecutive layups and Atsur hit a shot from beyond the arc.
North Carolina State jumped out to a 39-32 lead early in the second half on a Bennerman three, but Alabama came back with a 9-0 run. Steele connected on a three-point play and also hit a layup which tied the score at 41-41.
The Wolfpack came right back and took a 51-41 advantage with about 11 minutes to go in the game, with a Grant layup capping a 10-0 spurt.
The Crimson Tide closed the lead to 56-53 after going on a 12-5 run, as Alonzo Gee grabbed an offensive rebound and scored the basket under the hoop.
With the score 65-57 with under two minutes to play, Alabama went on its final run and scored five straight points to get back in the game.
The Tide was then forced to foul and put North Carolina State on the line for its first attempts of the game with 19.4 seconds left. Atsur hit both to make the lead 67-62.
Alabama had the chance to cut the deficit to two with under 10 seconds left, but Steele's three-point shot bounced off the rim and Davis could not score on the rebound.
Game Notes
Gee fell just short of a double-double, scoring nine points and grabbing nine rebounds...The Wolfpack shot 50 percent from the floor in the second half and 46.6 percent for the game...Alabama shot 46.9 percent from the field, including 1-for-10 from the beyond the arc...North Carolina State took just four shots from the charity stripe, sinking three of them.


Post a Comment

<< Home