Jan. 7, 2012
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ATHENS, Ga. - The Alabama men's basketball team opened up Southeastern Conference play with a 74-59 win over the Georgia Bulldogs Saturday night at Stegeman Coliseum. The Crimson Tide improves to 12-3 and 1-0 in SEC play while the Bulldogs fall to 9-6 and 0-1 in the SEC.
Freshman guard Trevor Lacey scored a career-high 19 points, besting his previous career mark of 12 points, while junior forward Tony Mitchell added 17 points and five rebounds. Sophomore guard Trevor Releford notched 12 points while senior forward JaMychal Greentotaled eight points, five assists and a game-high 10 rebounds.
"You've always got to be pleased any time you can get a road win in this league," UA head coach Anthony Grantsaid. "I'm very proud of our guys. We overcame the turnovers and things that we weren't doing well in the game but we found a way to get stops and win the game so I'm very, very proud of that."
The Tide earned its third straight win over Georgia and its first win in Athens since 2006, as Grant improved to 6-0 all-time in conference openers, including a 3-0 mark as Alabama's mentor.
After trading baskets to start the game, Lacey ignited a 21-6 Alabama run spanning from the 10:54 mark to the 4:00 juncture of the first half, giving the Tide a 31-17 advantage. Lacey scored 17 of his career-high 19 points in the first half, leading UA to a 38-26 halftime lead.
Alabama maintained the lead for the duration of the second half, allowing the Bulldogs to close within four with just over nine minutes to play. From there, the Tide outscored UGA 22-11 to seal the victory.
Junior guard Andrew Steele, playing in just his second game of the season, scored seven of his nine points during UA's game-deciding run.
Next up, the Tide hosts LSU on Wednesday, Jan. 11 with tip off for UA's SEC home opener scheduled for 8 p.m.