No. 22 Washington Defeats No. 19 Alabama To Win The Great Alaska Shootout

Nov. 28, 2004

Associated Press Writer

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Will Conroy had 18 points and six assists to helpNo. 22 Washington beat No. 19 Alabama 79-76 on Saturday night in thechampionship game of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.

Washington (4-0) led the entire second half, but barely escaped overtimewhen Alabama's Kennedy Winston missed a wild 3-pointer at the buzzer.

The Huskies' Nate Robinson finished with 16 points and was selected thetournament's outstanding player. Tre Simmons, starting in place of the injuredBrandon Roy, had 15 points and nine rebounds, and Bobby Jones also scored 15points.

Chuck Davis led Alabama (4-1) with 23 points and 19 rebounds, and EarnestShelton added 17 points.

Both teams started slowly, with Alabama committing five turnovers andWashington four in the opening 5 minutes.

The Huskies led 21-19, but Alabama went on a 13-2 run to take a 33-24 lead.But with just over 3 minutes remaining, Robinson and Conroy hit long jump shotsto start a 12-0 Washington and the Huskies closed the half leading 36-33.

Shelton picked up his fourth foul early in the second half and Washingtonslowly increased its lead. The Huskies matched their biggest lead of ninepoints, 64-55, when Robinson hit two free throws with 8:38 remaining.

But with about 6 minutes left, Robinson committed his third and fourth foulsand went to the bench. Alabama closed the gap to three at 74-71 behind fourpoints by Ronald Steele and a jumper by Kennedy Winston.

The Huskies took a 79-72 lead on Conroy's runner with 2:18 remaining, butShelton made two baskets to cut it to 79-76 with 1:48 left.

After a timeout with 28 seconds remaining, Alabama inbounded the ball andworked it underneath to Davis, who backed in but could not convert. After ascramble underneath the basket, the Crimson Tide got the ball with 9 secondsremaining.

Shelton lost the ball at the top of the key and Robinson recovered on hisknees but was called for traveling with 2 seconds remaining. Winston took theinbound pass near midcourt and missed on the last-second attempt.