Inside the Box Score - at Georgia Tech

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Trevor Releford was nearly flawless in the Tide's final non-conference game.
Trevor Releford was nearly flawless in the Tide's final non-conference game.

Jan. 4, 2012

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Player of the Game
Trevor Releford led the Crimson Tide in scoring for the third straight game with a game-high 17 points in the win at Georgia Tech. Releford night was one of his most efficient to date as he was a perfect 8-of-8 from the field with five rebounds, four assists to one turnover, four assists and a pair of steals. All four of his assists came in the first half and led to nine points making the sophomore responsible for 20 of UA’s 40 first half points. His eight field goals matched a career high and he finished the game with a career-high efficiency rating of 26 and has rated at 22 or better in each of the past three games.

Play of the Game
With just under nine minutes to play in the first half, the Tide’s patient offense used more than half of the shot clock before a Trevor Releford drive caused the defense to collapse into the lane allowing Tony Mitchell to run the baseline unabated. Releford lobbed the ball to the rim and Mitchell finished with one of his two dunks on the evening. ESPN took note of the play, putting it at No. 5 in its Top 10 Plays on SportsCenter.

Turning Point of the Game
The first five minutes of the contest was a back-and-forth affair with Georgia Tech holding a one-point lead before Alabama rattled off an 11-0 run over the next three minutes to take a 17-7 lead. That run was fueled by a Tony Mitchell dunk and three-pointer along with Andrew Steele’s first bucket since his return to the team. The defense forced three turnovers and held Tech to just two field goal attempts in the 2:53 span. Georgia Tech would pull within two possessions later in the half however UA led by double-digits for 28:07 of the game.

Stat of the Game
The Crimson Tide defense matched a season high with 14 steals as every player who saw more than four minutes of action recorded a steal. Those steals and forced turnovers kept the Tech offense out of rhythm while allowing the Tide to score 29 points off turnovers, a season-high. Georgia Tech came into the game turning the ball over on 21.6 percent of its possessions but turned the ball over at a rate of 33 percent against the Tide.

Top Lineup
UA used 14 different lineups with 12 of them outscoring or playing the Jackets even. Playing in his first contest of the season, Andrew Steele was a part of UA’s three most successful combinations in terms of scoring differential. Steele, along with JaMychal Green, Levi Randolph, Trevor Releford and Tony Mitchell was the top unit by outscoring Tech, 7-0, during the 1:53 spurt they were on the court as part of the Tide’s 11-0 run that put UA in the lead for good. The starting five of Mitchell, Releford, Randolph, Trevor Lacey and Nick Jacobs spend the most time on the court but were outscored 18-12 during the 12:10 there were on the floor. The majority of that time came at the start of each half.

Additional Game Notes
- Georgia Tech became the 10th opponent to score less than 60 points against the Tide and the fourth held under 50 points. In Anthony Grant’s three seasons, the Tide has now held 15 opponents under 50 points and won all 15 of those games.
- Alabama forced turnovers on 33 percent of Georgia Tech’s possessions, the most by a UA opponent this season.
- Georgia Tech became the 10th opponent to score its season low to date against the Tide.
- JaMychal Green’s two blocks moved him into a tie with Derrick McKey with 188 career blocks. Jermareo Davidson is comfortably in fourth with 221 blocks.
- Trevor Lacey recorded a career-high five assists and three steals.
- UA held a 46-26 advantage in the paint and has now outscored opponents 464-320 in the paint this season. UA scored 50 percent of more of its points in a game in the paint for the sixth time this season. Georgia Tech is the first opponent to do the same this season.
- UA improved to 41-28 all-time against Georgia Tech and 74-52 against ACC competition including 2-0 this season.

Georgia Tech +/- Report
Green +28
Cooper +15
Randolph +15
Steele +14
Releford +13
Jacobs +10
Lacey  +9
Mitchell +6
Engstrom +4
Eblen +4
Hankerson +4
Goode +3