Saturday, January 31, 2009.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alonzo Gee scored 20 points, Senario Hillman added 19 and Alabama beat Georgia 75-70 on Saturday night in a battle of teams trying to rebound from midseason coaching changes.
JaMychal Green had 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Crimson Tide (13-8, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) in the team's first home game since coach Mark Gottfried resigned.
Georgia (9-12, 0-6) was unable to comeback from a 12-point second-half deficit in the debut of assistant Pete Herrmann.
Terrance Woodbury hit a 3-pointer and Trey Thompkins added a basket inside, making it 71-65 with 1:51 left. Georgia then forced two turnovers but couldn't convert either into points. The Bulldogs got five points from Dustin Ware in the final 21 seconds to make it closer.
Gottfried stepped down on Monday and Georgia's Dennis Felton was fired three days later after the Bulldogs' seventh straight loss.