No. 8 Alabama routs Oklahoma


Published: Tuesday, January 2, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 2, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Jermareo Davidson scored 17 points and Richard Hendrix added 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 8 Alabama to a 70-55 victory over Oklahoma on Monday.

Hendrix registered his fifth double-double in the last six games as the Crimson Tide (13-1) dominated the Sooners in the paint to win its 15th straight home game and sixth in a row overall.

Ronald Steele scored 13 points and Mykal Riley had 12 for Alabama, which begins its Southeastern Conference schedule Saturday at Arkansas.

Tony Crocker had 15 points for Oklahoma (8-4), while David Godbold added 11.

Oklahoma was held to 36 percent shooting (23-for-63), including 5-for-21 from 3-point range, and had its season-low point total. Longar Longar, the Sooners' leading scorer at 13.9 points a game, was held to six points.

Alabama led 27-21 at halftime and opened the second half with an 11-4 run. The Sooners got no closer than 12 points over the final 15 minutes.

Despite being outrebounded 40-31, Alabama outscored the Sooners 34-26 in the paint.

Oklahoma took its only lead, 6-5, 3 minutes into the game on a dunk by Crocker, but Hendrix had a three-point play to start Alabama's 14-2 run over the next five minutes.

The Sooners outscored Alabama 7-2 over the last six minutes of the first half to get within six points, but Hendrix scored inside and Steele hit a 3-pointer to spark the run early in the second half. The Crimson Tide led by as many as 20 points in the second half.

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