Wednesday, December 01, 2004TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (Dec. 1, 2004) -- Junior forward Dillion Sneed (Chicago, Ill.) had a career night with 30 points and 14 rebounds but it was not enough to stop a torrid Alabama scoring attack as the Crimson Tide defeated ETSU 114-77 Wednesday night from Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Junior point guard Tim Smith (Newport News, Va.) also added 24 points and a team-high six assists in the loss.
It was a record night for the No. 22 Crimson Tide as the team broke four offensive school records. In addition, the 114 points scored by the Tide marked the second highest point total in school history and the most scored since the 1977 season. Alabama improved to 5-1 for the season while the Buccaneers fell to 2-3.
As a team, Alabama set new school records for three pointers and three point attempts, hitting 19 for 41 from beyond the arc. The Tide also set a team game record with 30 assists, led by an impressive performance from Ronald Steele. The true freshman broke the school record with 18 assists, just one shy of the Southeastern Conference record.
From the beginning of the game, Alabama was hot from the floor, hitting 58.3% of its shots from the field in the first half on its way to a 31 point halftime lead. The Tide's hot shooting continued in the second half as the Tide connected on 54.1% of its shots to take as much as a 41 point lead before settling for the 37 point victory.
In addition to Steele's night, Kennedy Winston paved the way for the Tide with his third career double-double. The junior scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 27 minutes of action. Earnest Shelton and Chuck Davis also led the Tide scoring with 24 and 17 points, respectively. Justin Jonus and Jean Felix combined to hit seven of 14 from three point range in scoring 14 and 13 points each.
In additon to Sneed and Smith's strong outings, senior point guard Sam Oatman (Neenah, Wis.) scored nine points while junior forward Chris Mitchell (Chicago, Ill.) added eight points and five rebounds.
East Tennessee State returns home for their Southern Conference opener Saturday at 4:30 p.m. against rival College of Charleston. The game can be seen regionally on Fox Sports Net South and as always can be heard on the Mountain States Health Alliance Buccaneer Sports Network.
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