Jan. 4, 2010
TOLEDO, Ohio - In its first game on an opponent's home court this season, the Alabama men's basketball team defeated Toledo 67-50 Monday night at Savage Arena in Toledo, Ohio. With the win the Crimson Tide improves to 10-4 (0-0 SEC) on the season while Toledo falls to 3-11 (0-0 MAC).
Alabama struck first when senior guard Anthony Brock connected on a three pointer to open the game's scoring. From there the Tide never looked back as they expanded their lead throughout the half, taking 34-19 margin into the halftime break.
"This was our first true road game and the guys came out with a lot of focus and I was pleased with our defensive effort in the first half," Alabama head coach Anthony Grant said. "I thought in the second half Toledo did a great job competing and battling to get back in the game. We have to continue to understand that we need to play a 40-minute game for us to be successful."
The Tide opened the second half by outscoring the Rockets 15-7 to take a 23-point lead, which would be its largest of the game. Toledo would twice pull to within 13 points midway through the second half, but Alabama's defense never allowed the Rockets any closer.
The Tide's stingy defense held Toledo to 34.5% (17-of-48) shooting from the field and only 16.7% (2-for-12) from beyond the arc. Alabama also forced 11 turnovers.
Led by junior forward Justin Knox's perfect 5-of-5 evening, the Tide managed to connect on 50% (22-of-44) of its shots from the field. Knox also hit all four of his free throws attempts to match a career high 14 points.
Senior guard Mikhail Torrance led all scorers with 19 points to go along with his four rebounds and three assists, while sophomore forward JaMychal Green added 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Toledo was led by freshman guard Jake Barnett with 13 points and junior forward Justin Anyijong who chipped in 10 points and five rebounds.
Alabama will travel to Baton Rouge, La., to take on LSU and begin the Southeastern Conference portion of its schedule on Jan. 9.