Inside the Box Score - vs. Toledo

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM One of Tony Mitchell's first-half dunks against Toledo.
One of Tony Mitchell's first-half dunks against Toledo.

Jan. 4, 2011

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Player of the Game
Tony Mitchell had one of his most solid performances to date with a quiet 21 points an 9-of-12 shooting with a game-high eight rebounds, two assists and four blocks in 29 minutes of action. Four of his nine field goals were dunks to give him a team-best 27 on the season. Mitchell finished the contest with a career-high efficiency rating of 27 and the Tide outscored Toledo by 44 points with Mitchell on the floor.

Play of the Game
With 8:30 left in the contest and Ben Eblen running the offense, he found an unguarded Tony Mitchell running the baseline and lobbed the alley-oop pass up for his classmate. Mitchell finished the play with his fourth dunk of the evening and second off a pass caught in mid-air. The play put UA up 67-31.

Turning Point of the Game
Alabama used a 15-0 run, its largest of the season, over a 3:42 span ending at 10:42 in the first half to take a 30-9 lead over the shorthanded Rockets. Toledo was unable to recover from the run and never got within four possessions of claiming the lead for the remainder of the contest.

Stat of the Game
Alabama averaged 1.31 weighted points per shot (combining field goal and free throw attempts) against the Rockets by shooting 53.7 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the free-throw line. That mark is the 13th best performance by an SEC team this season in terms of points per weighted shot. Additionally, the team averaged 1.23 points per possession, also a season best and is averaging 1.22 points per possession in its last two games.

Lineup of the Game
Alabama’s starting five of JaMychal Green, Tony Mitchell, Senario Hillman, Charvez Davis and Chris Hines outscored Toledo by a game-high 12 points during the team-high 7:23 they were on the court together. UA used 20 different combinations on the floor with all but five outscoring the Rockets. However, those five units were only on the court for a combined 5:47.

Additional Game Notes
• Freshman point guard Trevor Releford missed his first start of the season and played a season-low 13 minutes as he recovers from a stomach virus.
Andrew Steele returned to the court with 12:14 left in the first half, marking his first appearance since Nov. 29, 2009. He recorded his first points in 402 days with a three-pointer with 1:13 left in the half and finished the game with five points.
• The 42-point margin of victory was Alabama’s largest of the season and biggest since defeating Coppin State by 50 points (99-49) on Dec. 23, 2006.
Charvez Davis finished the game with 21 points and was 6-of-8 from three-point range. The junior is now a combined 16-of-24 in his last three games from the arc.
• Additionally, his performance is the fifth most accurate in school history tying 6-of-8 outings from Robert Horry and Marvin Orange.
• Toledo committed 25 turnovers, the most by a UA opponent this season.
• Thirteen of those turnovers were a result of UA steals with Tony Mitchell and Senario Hillman leading the way with four each. Hillman’s four steals gives him 154 in his career and moves him within one of fifth place all-time at UA.
• Alabama’s 44 first-half points tied for the second most this season and the most since posting 44 against Seton Hall on Nov. 19.
• UA’s 45.5 percent performance from the arc was its second best of the season behind only a 71.4 percent (10-of-14) outing against Seton Hall.
• Toledo’s 41 points are the third fewest scored by a UA opponent this season and the ninth opponent in 14 games to be held to 60 or fewer points.
• The Rockets became the 10th Alabama opponent this season to shoot less than 40 percent.
• Alabama outscored Toledo 33-14 in the paint and now holds a 501-298 advantage in points in the paint this season. No opponent has outscored UA in the category to date.
• Alabama scored 83 points for the second consecutive game. It was the first time UA had back-to-back 80-point performances since Feb. 21-28, 2009, when the team scored 80 or more points in three straight games.
• The Tide improved to 3-0 against Toledo and 11-2 against the MAC.

Toledo +/- Report
Mitchell  +44
Davis  +43
Hines  +24
Green  +22
Hillman  +22
Eblen  +15
Releford  +11
Steele  +9
Luquire  +4
Jeffery  +4
Engstrom  +4