Thursday, February 5, 2009

Hoop Dores creep closer to .500 in the SEC

We tried everything we could to lose at home to Bama, following the disturbing trends of going cold down the stretch from the charity stripe (13-24 for the game) and allowing opposing bricklayers to gun in threes like they're throwing it in a lake.

Alas, no matter. We won 79-74. Now we're 3-5 in the SEC and 14-8 overall.

Between bricking pairs of free throws, A.J. Ogilvy played hard, intimidating the Crimson Tide down low, grabbing rebounds and even stealing a ball in the open court and driving for the layup (which he missed but was fouled but missed both free throws). He shot 4-10 from the free throw line but we couldn't have won without him.

He finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Jermaine Beal hit for 20 too, and had eight assists. He played the entire game — "I'm in good shape," he shrugged afterward — and he did seal the game with a pair of free throws.

As for the nice lineup that Stallings used and the nice rotation he followed against Auburn, that was shot to heck when George Drake was scratched from the lineup after sustaining a hip pointer in Wednesday's practice. Festus Ezeli started and Charles Hinkle got some minutes and played well despite missing practice this week due to illness.

Have a good Thursday night.

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