Auburn 46

(10-5, 1-3 SEC)

Alabama 69

(10-4, 2-1 SEC)

    7:00 PM ET, January 17, 2004

    Coleman Coliseum, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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    AUB 17 2946
    ALA 36 3369

    Alabama 69, Auburn 46

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Earnest Shelton hit three first-half 3-pointers to spark a 31-4 run as Alabama continued its home-court dominance of Auburn, winning 69-46 Saturday night.

    The Crimson Tide (10-4, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) turned a poor start into a dominant performance, making 8-of-14 3-pointers and holding Auburn to 33 percent shooting.

    The Tigers (10-5, 1-3) never got closer than 18 points after halftime and haven't won in Tuscaloosa since 1999. Alabama holds a 38-7 series advantage at home, but this was the Tide's largest margin of victory over its intrastate rival since an 83-58 win in 1994.

    Shelton scored 12 points, while Kennedy Winston added 11 and Chuck Davis had 10 points and seven rebounds. Antoine Pettway had nine points and four of Alabama's 11 steals.

    Marco Killingsworth was Auburn's only real bright spot, hitting 8-of-12 shots for 17 points as the only productive post player. But the Tigers struggled to get him the ball inside against Alabama's zone defense for long stretches.

    Quinnel Brown added 12 points, making 4-of-9 3-pointers.

    Auburn forward Brandon Robinson limped off the court eight minutes into the game and didn't return after an Alabama player appeared to land on his left foot. Center Kyle Davis scored just one point in 27 minutes as a veteran frontcourt wilted without Robinson.

    The Tide, which has won 11 straight home games, shot 49 percent and made 11 of 13 free throws. Alabama never gave the Tigers an opening after building up the big lead, stretching it to 26 points in the second half.

    After hitting just one shot in the first five minutes, the Tide caught fire with 16 consecutive points to start the huge run and held Auburn scoreless for more than eight minutes.

    Shelton and Pettway's back-to-back 3-pointers opened the outburst as Alabama's lead grew to 36-14. Brown's late 3 cut it to 19 points at halftime.

    The Tigers actually led 8-2 before being buried under a frigid stretch of eight consecutive misses, five turnovers and a missed free throw.

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