Jan. 9, 2011
Recap | Box Score
Player of the Game
JaMychal Green recorded his third double-double of the season and an SEC best 16th of his career in leading the Crimson Tide to a win in its SEC opener. Green finished the game with 16 points and 11 rebounds to go along with three blocks, two steals and a pair of assists. Fourteen of Green's points and eight of his boards came in the second half as he helped UA turn a one-point halftime lead into as many as 22 in the second half.
Six of his points came during the Tide's 12-0 second-half run as he shot 6-of-10 from the field in the second stanza. During the 33 minutes he was on the floor, UA outscored Mississippi State 65-40.
Green had a game-high efficiency rating of 18 and the Tide's entire starting five finished with a double-digit efficiency rating. In his last seven games, Green is averaging 16.3 points and 9.3 points per game with 2.5 assists and 2.5 blocks per game.
Play of the Game
With the Bulldogs on a 5-0 run to pull back within 10 points, freshman point guard Trevor Releford made one of his great plays on the day to kill the MSU rally. With 6:07 left in the game and the Tide on the fast break, Releford drove to the top of the key and as the defense collapsed on him dished a quick pass to a waiting Chris Hines under the basket to finish the play.
Turning Point of the Game
Between 13:00 and 9:27 Alabama rattled off 12 straight points to expand a two-point lead into a 14 point margin. The Tide converted on 6-of-7 field goal attempts during this span while MSU was 0-of-4 with three turnovers. From the 9:27 mark on, MSU would get no closer than four possessions for the remainder of the contest.
Stat of the Game
Alabama's stingy defense held Mississippi State to just 0.76 points per possession, the Bulldogs second lowest of the season and lowest in an SEC game since Vanderbilt held MSU to just 0.72 points per possession on Jan. 21, 2006.
Alabama used 13 different five-man units to defeat MSU, with nine either outscoring or playing the Bulldogs even. The combination of JaMychal Green, Trevor Releford, Senario Hillman, Charvez Davis and Chris Hines was the most productive by outscoring MSU, 14-1, in the 4:18 they were on the court together.
The starting five of Green, Tony Mitchell, Releford, Davis and Hines spent a game-high 17:55 together and outscored MSU, 35-26.
Additional Game Notes
- The 18-point margin of victory matched the Tide's third largest ever in Starkville. The team had a 21-point win in 1987, a 19-point win in 1945 and an 18-point victory in 1982 as well.
- Alabama won its third straight SEC opener and second straight on the road.
- The Tide improved to 113-72 against MSU, 16-21 at Humphrey Coliseum, 44-33 in SEC openers and 5-1 in openers in Starkville.
- As a head coach, Anthony Grant is 5-0 in league openers (3-0 at VCU, 2-0 at Alabama).
- The Tide's 48 second-half points were its most in any half of play this season.
- Alabama shot 49.2 percent against MSU and is shooting a combined 50.4 percent in its last four games.
- Alabama outscored MSU by a 44-24 margin in the paint and has now outscored all 15 opponents in the paint by a combined 545-322 margin.
- The Tide had nine steals and is averaging 10.5 per game in the last four games.
- Chris Hines hauled in 10 rebounds, his third double figure rebounding performance in the last four games. During that span, he is averaging 9.5 boards per game.
- Freshman Trevor Releford had a team-high four assists and two turnovers. In his last three game he has a 4-to-1 (12-3) assist-to-turnover ratio.
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