Inside the Box Score - at Mississippi State

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Tony Mitchell hauled in 10 rebounds in Starkville.
Tony Mitchell hauled in 10 rebounds in Starkville.

Jan. 15, 2012

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Player of the Game
JaMychal Green made his second straight start after coming back from a shoulder injury to score 14 points  on 6-of-13 shooting with a team-high three assists and three blocks. Green spent most of his 28 minutes up against Mississippi State's 280-pound Renardo Sidney and limited the forward to eight points and five rebounds. The Tide outscored MSU by three points with Green on the floor and his three assists led to six points during an 11-5 run in the second half that helped pull UA within two points. His 14 points were the most since Dec. 17 against Kansas State. Additionally, his 14 points gave him 1,492 in his career to move him into 15th all-time at UA past Rod Grizzard.

Play of the Game
With 15:30 left in the game Trevor Lacey dribble the ball into the far wing and kicked it back out to the top of the arc to Tony Mitchell. Mitchell made an entry pass to JaMychal Green on the block, diverting attention of Lacey's defender for a split second to allow him to cut to the basket. Green, with his back to Lacey, skipped the ball to the streaking guard for the uncontested layup.

Turning Point of the Game
Alabama held a three-point lead, 48-45, with less than three minutes to play before Dee Bost hit his second three-pointer of the game to knot the contest at 48-48 with 2:27 left. Fifty-two seconds later, Bost drained another three-pointer to put MSU up three, 51-48, with 1:35 left. Alabama would pull back within a point twice, but couldn't overcome Bost's heroics at home.

Stat of the Game
Alabama's ability to score in the paint improved dramatically in the second half as the Tide held a 24-14 advantage in the lane in the second half after MSU outscored UA, 18-6, in the first half. MSU became the first team this season to outscore Alabama in the paint this season and its 32 points in the paint were the most UA has surrendered this season.

Top Lineup
Alabama used 10 different lineups in the game with six of them outscoring or playing Mississippi State even. The combination of Tony Mitchell, Trevor Releford, Trevor Lacey, JaMychal Green and Andrew Steele was the most successful by outscoring MSU, 15-10, during the 7:42 they were on the court together.

Additional Game Notes
- The contest featured 10 lead changes, the third most in a game for the Tide this season.
- Alabama scored a season-low 52 points but also held the Bulldogs to 56 points, their second lowest of the season and second lowest field goal percentage of the season at 40 percent.
- Tony Mitchell hauled in a team-high 10 rebounds for his sixth game with double digit rebounds this season and the 16th of his career.
- The Tide fell to 2-1 in the SEC for the second consecutive season.
- The loss snapped UA's five-game win streak and was its first loss since Dec. 17.
- MSU became the 13th opponent that UA has held under 60 points this season.
- Alabama attempted a season-low five free throws, but converted on all five.
- Alabama scored 0.88 points per possession, its second fewest of the season.
- Tony Mitchell also moved up the career scoring list at UA into 41st past Jimmy Hollon with 1,086 career points.

Mississippi State +/- Report
Steele  +9
Eblen  +7
Jacobs  -3
Mitchell  -5
Releford  -8
Lacey  -10
Randolph  -13