Difference makers: Jaden Shackelford, JD Davison guide Alabama past Gonzaga
Dec. 4, 2021 Updated Sat., Dec. 4, 2021 at 8:09 p.m.
Alabama junior Jaden Shackelford hurt the Zags throughout, especially with a 20-point first half that put the Crimson Tide in control. The 6-foot-3 guard hit 6 of 8 3-pointers – equaling the Battle in Seattle record established by UConn’s A.J. Price – and 10 of 16 shots, including a couple of tough finishes in the lane at key moments in the second half. He finished with a game-high 28 points, a team-high nine rebounds and two assists.
Freshman guard JD Davison stung Gonzaga for 20 points in just 26 minutes. The athletic 6-3 guard hit the biggest shot of the game – a 3-pointer from the wing with 3:35 left that bumped Alabama’s lead to 79-72. Davison made 4 of 6 3s and 6 of 10 shots and all four of his free throws. He added five rebounds, three assists and one steal.
Gonzaga battled back in the second half, cutting the deficit to 76-72 with 5:25 remaining, but Alabama, as it did most of the game, answered with a spurt. JD Davison led this one, nailing a 3-pointer to slow Gonzaga’s momentum and turn the volume down from a packed arena. A few possessions later, Davison picked off a pass and raced in for a dunk. He also made two free throws to hike Alabama’s lead to 86-72.
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