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Crimson Tide stay perfect, down Bulldogs

Nov 24, 2011 - 7:10 AM Tuscaloosa, AL (Sports Network) - Charles Hankerson Jr. had 16 points, nine rebounds and five steals off the bench, as the 13th-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide stayed perfect with an 82-45 victory over the Alabama A&M Bulldogs.

Nick Jacobs added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Crimson Tide (6-0), who are off to a 6-0 start for the first time since the 2006-07 season. Rodney Cooper also had 15 points.

Trevor Lacey and Levi Randolph donated 12 and 11 points, respectively, for Alabama, which was fresh off its 2011 Puerto Rico Tip-off title.

"It was awesome seeing the whole team do well, seeing everybody succeed," said Hankerson. "We worked so hard and we put everything into this. It was just good seeing everybody doing their thing out there."

Demarquelle Tabb ended with 11 points and seven boards for the Bulldogs (2-2), who shot just 23.9 percent from the floor. Casey Canty and Jeremy Crutcher added 10 and nine points, respectively.

The Crimson Tide dominated the game from the start, scoring the game's first 10 points.

The Bulldogs couldn't buy a bucket in the early going. Tabb's layup with just under four minutes left in the first half proved to be Alabama A&M's first field goal of the contest.

Alabama cruised to a 48-20 lead at the break and never looked back in the second half.

"You use it as a learning tool, but I came down trying to win one," Alabama A&M head coach Willie Hayes said of the lopsided win. "We tried to win one but you do use it as a learning tool."

Game Notes

Alabama has never lost to Alabama A&M, winning each of the five encounters...The Crimson Tide improved to 28-0 all-time against teams from the SWAC...Alabama has won 23 straight home games dating back to 2010.

  • ALABAMA A&M: 45
    ALABAMA: 82

    Nov 23 10:00 PM

  • ALABAMA A&M: 20
    ALABAMA: 48

    Nov 23 9:00 PM

  • ALABAMA A&M: 0
    ALABAMA: 0
    1st Half - 20:00

    Nov 23 8:06 PM
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