Jan. 23, 2011
Recap | Box Score
Player of the Game
Senior Senario Hillman got his first win in his final game at Auburn thanks in part to his 10 points and team-high five assists in 29 minutes of action. The majority of Hillman's contributions to the Crimson Tide's win didn't show up in the box score as he played 18 minutes in the second half, much of it at the point guard position as the Tide's two primary ballhandlers were saddled with foul trouble. His two biggest points of the game came with 13 seconds left on a pair of free throws to give the Tide a 10-point, 66-56, lead and effectively put the lead out of reach for the Tigers.
Additionally, during his 29 minutes on the floor, UA outscored the Tigers by a 59-38 margin while the Tigers held a 20-9 advantage when Hillman was on the bench. Eighteen of Auburn's 21 turnovers came when Hillman was on the floor.
"Senario's been really good from a defensive standpoint," UA head coach Anthony Grant said following Saturday's game. "We talk about Chris Hines and some of the things he does that don't show up in the stat sheet. Senario's the same way. He's a guy that on the floor defensively has a presence. That's somebody that if you're the opposing coach, you've got to say, 'this guy defensively could be a problem'."
Play of the Game
Andrew Steele forced an Auburn turnover in the frontcourt to start the offensive possession and after a hustle play by Chris Hines to keep the ball, he passed the ball to Senario Hillman in the post. Hillman, facing two taller defenders deliver a pass around the defender's body to a wide open JaMychal Green on the opposite side of the lane for an uncontested dunk.
Turning Point of the Game
Facing a 1-point deficit Charvez Davis sank a three-pointer with 8:30 left to play that flipped the score in favor of the Tide. From that point, UA led until the final buzzer and limited Auburn to just four field goals in the final 8:30 of the contest.
Stat of the Game
Alabama's free-throw shooting proved to be one of the clinching factors in the game as the Tide attempted a season-high 30 free throws and converted on 80 percent of them (24-of-30). Alabama attempted 22 in the second half and converted on 17 of them. In the final three minutes, UA was 15-of-18 (.833) from the line to salt away the win. In the final three minutes when the score is within 10 points this season, UA is 30-of-38 (.789) from the line.
Top Lineup at Auburn
Alabama used 16 different lineups at Auburn with 12 of them outscoring or playing the Tigers even. UA's top two units each held a 6-0 advantage over Auburn as Tony Mitchell, Senario Hillman, Charvez Davis, Charles Hankerson, Jr., and Chris Hines did so in 2:40 together. Hillman, Davis, Hines, JaMychal Green and Trevor Releford did so in 2:16.
Additional Game Notes
- JaMychal Green's free throw with 17:10 left in the first half was his 1,000th career point at UA. He finished the game with 1,014 career points, 43rd all-time in UA history.
- Alabama improved to 4-1 in league play for the first time since the 2004-05 season.
- The Tide has now won seven of its last eight games.
- Auburn became the 10th opponent this season held to fewer than 60 points and the third in SEC play.
- Auburn shot 38 percent to become the 14th opponent to shoot less than 40 percent this season against the Tide's defense.
- Alabama forced an Auburn turnover on approximately one third of its possessions.
- The teams were tied at 30 in points in the paint, just the second opponent UA has not outscored in the category this season. No team has outscored Alabama in the paint this year.
- Alabama had a season-high 15 steals. Seven of the nine UA players that hit the court recorded at least one steal.
- Alabama improved to 86-57 all-time against the Tigers.
- The win was UA's second SEC road win of the season, tying last year's total.
Auburn +/- Report