CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) -- Even though it was
early in the season, Alabama (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today; No. 8 AP) was happy to return home with the
Paradise Jam tournament championship.
Mykal Riley led Alabama (4-0) with 13 points, 10 rebounds
and five assists in the 63-56 win Monday night over Xavier in the
Alozno Gee, who was named MVP of the tournament, added 13 points
and Jamareo Davidson had 10 points and 12 rebounds.
"I thought tonight was a gutsy performance. For a November
game, that was an NCAA tournament-type atmosphere out there," said
coach Mark Gottfried.
Davidson iced his back after the game, a nagging reminder of the
car accident a little more than a week ago that killed his
girlfriend. He missed the first game of the tournament mourning her
in the mainland before joining his team Sunday in this U.S.
With three minutes left, Davidson made a circus shot -- a
one-handed no-look lob with his back to the basket -- putting
Alabama up 62-54.
Alabama outrebounded Xavier 45-36.
"Me, Jamareo, and Alonzo as well, we pride ourselves on pulling
rebounds -- blue collar, hard working stuff," said Richard Hendrix.
Josh Duncan scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds for
Xavier (3-1). Johnny Wolf added 13 points and three rebounds for
"They wore us down inside. We didn't attack the zone very well.
We'll get better at that," said Xavier coach Sean Miller.
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