Jan. 8, 2012
Player of the Game
Freshman Trevor Lacey showedwhy he was such a highly touted recruit and the two-time Mr. Basketball in the state of Alabama with a career-high 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting (3-of-4 from the arc). He was also a perfect 4-of-4 from the free-throw line with four rebounds, three assists and a steal. Seventeen of his points came in the first half. He scored 12 points in the first 10 minutes of the half on three three-pointers and three free throws when he was fouled attempted a fourth three-pointer. Georgia cooled his scoring down in the second half as he didn't attempt a shot for the first 12 minutes of the half and only shot twice in the stanza. However, he found other ways to contribute with three assists in the first five minutes of the half that led to six points. His 19 points were the eighth most of the first day of action in the SEC and fourth most by a freshman.
Play of the Game
Freshman Trevor Lacey recorded his fourth assist of the game with 15:37 left in the contest on a lob pass to classmate Levi Randolph. After not being able to find a shot or an entry pass into the post for the first 31 seconds of the possession, Randolph was able to run the baseline unguarded, grab Lacey's pass in midair and kiss it in off the glass to give the Tide a 46-37 lead.
Turning Point of the Game
With just over eight minutes left in the contest, Georgia had meticulously whittled Alabama's lead down to five on a pair of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope free-throws. However, the Tide responded with a 9-0 run that started with an Andrew Steele tip-in and ended with a Tony Mitchell three-point play to push the lead to 14 in a matter of three minutes. Georgia would get no closer than 11 points for the remainder of the contest.
Stat of the Game
The Tide was nearly flawless from the free-throw line, going 14-of-15 and converting on its first 14 attempts of the game to shoot 93.3 percent. The performance was the 10th highest by a team this season. It was also the first time this season the team has shot 90 percent or better from the line and its best showing since shooting 88.2 percent (15-of-17) against North Florida to open the season.
Alabama used a season-low nine different five-man combinations in the win at Georgia. Seven of those lineups outscored or played the Bulldogs even. The most successful unit consisted of Tony Mitchell, Trevor Releford, Trevor Lacey, JaMychal Green and Andrew Steele as they held a 31-20 advantage in the game-high 13:11 they spent together on the court.
Additional Game Notes
- Alabama opened the SEC season with a road win for the third straight season and with a win for the fourth straight season.
- UA improved to 45-33 in SEC openers.
- Anthony Grant remained perfect in league openers at 6-0 including his 3-0 mark in the CAA at VCU.
- The win, Alabama's third straight over Georgia, improved the Tide to 91-47 against the Bulldogs and 31-29 in Athens, Ga.
- Georgia became the 11th opponent this season held under 60 points by the Tide's defense and the 13th to score less than one point per possession against UA.
- Alabama held a 36-28 advantage in points in the paint as the Tide has yet to be outscored in the paint this season.
- JaMychal Green had a career-high five assists.
- Georgia shot 40.4 percent to become the seventh opponent to shoot 70 percent or better against UA this season.
- Georgia's Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's 22 points tied for the most an opposing player has scored against UA this season.
- UA held a 35-20 advantage in rebounding, its third biggest margin of the season as six of the seven players who logged more than five minutes hauled in a rebound.
- That effort helped limit Georgia's second chance opportunities as UA capitalized on 80 percent of its defensive rebounding opportunities.
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