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Updated: Saturday, December 7, 2002 5:24 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(5) Alabama 77, St Bonaventure 68
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TUSCALOOSA, Alabama (Ticker) -- Erwin Dudley scored 28 points as No. 5 Alabama defeated St. Bonaventure, 77-68, for its school-record 23rd consecutive home victory.

The streak dates to two games in the National Invitational Tournament two years ago and includes the Crimson Tide's 17-0 home mark during the 2001-02 campaign. The last team to beat Alabama at home was Arkansas, 66-63, in February 2001.

Dudley was 11-for-19 from the field and converted 6-of-8 free throws to go with 17 rebounds. Kenny Walker added 12 points and 10 boards.

It marks the first time Alabama had two players with double-doubles in the same game since December 3, 2001 when Mo Williams and Dudley pulled off the feat against Chattanooga.

"My teammates did a good job looking for me down in the block," Dudley said. "It was just one of my nights I was blessed with."

St. Bonaventure coach Jan van Breda Kolff was impressed.

"He's a great player," van Breda Kolff said. "If you look at the numbers tonight, those are great numbers. He just does what it takes to win."

Williams and Antoine Pettway each scored 11 points for the Crimson Tide (6-0).

"As a team, we have a lot of confidence in our shots," Williams said. "We are going to keep putting it up."

Patricio Prato led St. Bonaventure (2-4) with 19 points, while Marques Green had 15. Jamil Terrell contributed with 10 points and eight rebounds.

Despite playing well early, the Bonnies have dropped four straight games since starting the season with a pair of victories and have not recorded a win against a ranked opponent since edging Temple, 57-56, on January 15, 2000.

"I think some of our guys weren't shooting quite as well," van Breda Kolff said.

Alabama outrebounded St. Bonaventure 62-39 and shot 77 percent (20-of-26) at the line in comparison to 52 percent (12-of-23) from the line.

"We needed to make sure we beat the pressure," Alabama coach Mark Gottfried said. "And then get the baskets on the other end. We rebounded and defended well."

This was the second meeting between St. Bonaventure and Alabama. The Crimson Tide defeated the Bonnies, 98-89, on March 8, 1979 in Tuscaloosa in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.


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