Inside the Box Score - vs. LSU

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Trevor Releford led the Tide in scoring for the fourth time in the last five games.
Trevor Releford led the Tide in scoring for the fourth time in the last five games.

Jan. 12, 2012

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Player of the Game
The Crimson Tide was once again led by Trevor Releford as the sophomore matched a season high with 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting with a pair of assists and steals in 30 minutes of work. Twelve of his points came in the second half and five were during a three-minute spurt that helped UA build its biggest lead of the game at 21. Releford finished with an efficiency rating of 21, the fourth time in last five games he has finished at 20 or better in terms of efficiency. In those last five games, he has led UA in scoring four times and is averaging 17.2 points on 72.9 percent shooting (25-of-48) with 3.0 and 2.8 assists per game.

Play of the Game
With about 11 minutes to play, an LSU three-pointer quieted the home crowd and cut UA’s lead to 49-35. On the ensuing possession, Nick Jacobs passed the ball to Releford at the top of the key, set a quick screen a ducked inside where Releford found him for a huge left-handed dunk.

Turning Point of the Game
The final four minutes of the first half secured the win for UA as the defense held LSU without a field goal for the final 4:05 of the half and closed the half on an 11-1 run to take a 14-point, 33-19, lead into the locker room. UA would lead the second half by double digits for all but 27 seconds of the second half.

Stat of the Game
Alabama made LSU pay dearly for its mistakes as the Tide converted LSU’s 15 turnovers into 25 points. The 25 points were the second most UA has scored off an opponent’s miscues. Of LSU’s 15 turnovers, 11 eventually ended up generating points for the Tide.

Top Lineup
Alabama used 14 different five-man combinations in the win over LSU with 11 of them outscoring or playing the Tigers even. Ben Eblen, JaMychal Green, Trevor Lacey, Levi Randolph and Tony Mitchell was the most successful, outscoring LSU, 6-0, during the 3:28 there were on the court. The starting five of Trevor Releford, Green, Lacey, Randolph and Mitchell spent the most time on the court at 8:17 and held a 13-10 advantage over LSU.

Additional LSU Game Notes
- The win makes the Tide 13-3 to open the season for the first time under Anthony Grant and mark its best start since opening the 2006-07 season with a 13-3 record.
- Tony Mitchell recorded his fifth double-double of the season and 12th of his career with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
- Trevor Lacey also hit double figures in rebounding for the first time this season with 10.
- LSU became the 12th opponent this season to score less than 60 points against the Tide. The Tigers also finished one point over their season low.
- LSU shot 35.8 percent to become the ninth team held under 40 percent by the Tide.
- The Tide’s offense converted a 50.8 percent clip, its fourth straight game of shooting 50 percent or better from the field.
- The team also scored 1.07 points per possession for its fifth straight game of scoring more than one point per possession.
- UA outscored LSU, 32-18, in the paint and has yet to be outscored in the paint this season.
- UA is 101-66 all-time against the Tigers, 69-19 in Tuscaloosa and 37-7 in Coleman Coliseum and has won five straight over LSU.
- The win was Alabama’s 499th win in Coleman Coliseum.
- The Tide has won 33 of its last 42 games.
- UA has won 26 of its last 27 games at Coleman Coliseum and 10 straight SEC home games.
- JaMychal Green returned to the starting lineup for the first time since Dec. 17. The start was the 103rd of his four-year career.
- LSU used a 9-0 run to take a quick lead in the first half. It was just the fifth run of 8-0 or larger UA has surrendered this season.
- JaMychal Green had two blocks to give him 190 in his career and move him into sole possession of fifth all-time at UA.
- Alabama led at halftime for the 12th time this season. UA is unbeaten this season when leading at halftime.
- LSU is the second team this season that UA has held under 20 first half points. North Florida in the season opener was the other.
- The Tide’s defense held LSU without a field goal for the final 4:05 of the first half.
- UA forced 11 LSU first-half turnovers. The Tigers came into the contest averaging 13.3 turnovers per game. Nineteen of UA’s 21 first-half points came off of turnovers.
- In its last three visits to Tuscaloosa, LSU has averaged 22.0 first half points and 45.7 total points.

LSU +/- Report
Lacey  +14
Randolph  +14
Steele  +13
Mitchell  +10
Green  +9
Releford  +9
Jacobs  +8
Eblen  +7
Engstrom  +0
Cooper  -3