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Utah Shocks No. 1 Alabama, 51-49

December 31, 2002

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Nick Jacobson scored 13 points, including two free throws with 24.2 seconds left, as Utah defeated No. 1 Alabama 51-49 Monday night.

Tim Frost added nine points and Britton Johnsen scored eight, all in the second half, as the Utes (8-3) got the 1,500th win in school history while handing the Crimson Tide (9-1) its first loss.

Alabama had a chance to tie it in the final seconds, but Erwin Dudley missed a putback in the lane. Utah’s Richard Chaney grabbed the rebound as time expired.

Chaney hugged the ball and sprinted to midcourt as the Utes celebrated the upset.

Maurice Williams led the Tide with 15 points. Earnest Shelton scored 14 and Dudley finished with nine points for Alabama, which couldn’t overcome a slow start when the Tide missed nine of its first 10 shots.

Alabama became No. 1 in the AP poll for the first time in its history two weeks ago when Arizona lost to LSU. The Crimson Tide was No. 1 for a second straight week in Monday’s new poll.

The Tide shot just 41 percent.


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