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Updated: Tuesday, December 24, 2002 1:50 AM EST
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(3) Alabama 82, Morehead St 64
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TUSCALOOSA, Alabama (Ticker) -- Kenny Walker scored 24 points and Maurice Williams added 21 as third-ranked Alabama extended its home winning streak to 25 games with an 82-64 victory over Morehead State.

The Crimson Tide (9-0) fell behind early in the second half but rebounded to notch their ninth straight win, tying No. 18 Creighton for the longest current Division I winning streak.

Terrance Meade netted 13 points and Emmett Thomas chipped in with 12 for Alabama, which has not lost at home since February, 2001.

Marquis Sykes and Ricky Minard each scored 17 points for the Eagles (4-4).

The Crimson Tide shot 45 percent (30-of-67) from the field while holding the Eagles to 36 percent (21-of-58). Alabama was careful with the ball, committing just seven turnovers while forcing 14.

Eriwn Dudley grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds to spur Alabama to a 41-38 edge on the boards. Walker, who was 9-of-14 from the floor, pulled down seven rebounds and blocked six shots.

"(Walker) really played well," Crimson Tide coach Mark Gottfried said. "He's just getting better and better and doing such a good job for us."

Morehead State fell behind by as many as 13 points in the first half but fought back within 37-30 by halftime. The Eagles came out strong in the second half, scoring 11 of the first 13 points and taking a 41-39 lead on Chez Marks' free throws 3:15 into the period.

But Alabama regrouped, as Williams erased the lead with a 3-pointer and Dudley converted a three-point play to spark a 13-0 run.

"They came out in the second half and had us down, but we knew we had to step it up and we came together," Williams said.

The Crimson Tide remained in control thereafter, never letting the Eagles closer than seven points and closing the game on an 8-0 run.

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