Inside the Box Score - vs. MSU

Freshman Trevor Releford posted his most efficient outing of the season on Wednesday.

Freshman Trevor Releford posted his most efficient outing of the season on Wednesday.

Feb. 3, 2011

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Player of the Game
Freshman Trevor Releford continued his steady play with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting. More impressively, he added a career-high eight assists and a career-high four steals, the latter all in the first half. The Crimson Tide scored 20 of its 61 points as a result of his passing and added four points off his steals. As a result, he directly accounted for 40 of UA's points.

In the first 2:30 of the game, he helped UA take an early 11-4 lead with two steals, two assists and four points to open the game. During the 35 minutes he was on the court, Alabama outscored Mississippi State by 20 points and he posted a season-high efficiency rating of 22.

“As big as what he did offensively was what he was able to do defensively,” head coach Anthony Grant said of Releford’s play. “To have to guard a guy the caliber of Dee Bost and what he's capable of doing and be able to run the team and handle the ball and make the decisions on the other end, those things combined, it was a very, very impressive night for him. I thought he did a very good job running our team.”

In two games against Mississippi State, Releford has averaged 16.5 points, 6.0 assists and 3.5 steals while shooting 13-of-23. He also boasts a 6-to-1 assist to turnover ratio against the Bulldogs.

Play of the Game
Charvez Davis recorded one of his career-high two blocks with 15:54 left in the first half, collected the deflection and passed the ball up the court to JaMychal Green. Green, facing a 2-on-1 break, diverted the pass with one hand to a sprinting Tony Mitchell for an uncontested dunk to give UA a 15-7 lead early in the contest.

Turning Point of the Game
With 30 seconds left in the first half, Alabama called a timeout to set up its final possession of the half. As the game clock neared zero, Trevor Releford found an open Charvez Davis on the three-point line. Davis connected on the three, his third of the first half, to give the Tide a dose of momentum and bring the crowd to its feet heading into halftime. The Tide capitalized on this swing by opening the second half on 10-4 run to expand its lead to 18 in the first three minutes of the second half. Over the last four minutes of the first half and the first three of the second, UA outscored MSU by a 17-7 margin.

Stat of the Game
Alabama’s effective field goal percentage (taking into account the added value of three-point shots) was .535, the team’s highest percentage in SEC play this season. Alabama converted on 27 of its 57 field goal attempts and half of its 14 three-point attempts. In its two games against MSU this season, Alabama has converted on 48.4 percent of its field goals. Against its other five SEC foes Alabama has shot 42.9 percent.

Lineup of the Game
Reserve Andrew Steele again provided a spark off the bench as was part of UA’s most productive five-man rotation against MSU. He and JaMychal Green, Tony Mitchell, Trevor Releford and Charvez Davis held a 24-14 advantage in the team-high 11:47 they were on the court together.

Additional Game Notes
JaMychal Green scored 15 points with 11 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season and 18th of his career.
Tony Mitchell matched a career-high with 23 points, his fourth 20-point performance of the season.
• Alabama has won nine of its last 10 games.
• The Tide remained perfect at home with 12 straight wins this season and 13 straight dating back to last season.
• Alabama never trailed in the contest, the sixth time this season and first time in SEC play that UA has never trailed.
• Alabama earned the regular-season sweep of the Bulldogs for the first time since the 2004-05 season.
• The Tide improved to 6-1 in the SEC for the first time since 2004-05 as well.
Charvez Davis matched his career high in rebounds, set against LSU, with five. He also scored 17 points and went 5-of-8 from three-point range.
• MSU became just the third opponent in the last 10 games to score 60 or more points against the Tide.
• MSU is also just the second SEC opponent to shoot 40 percent or better against UA.
• Alabama improved to 20-5 when scoring 70 or more points under Anthony Grant.
• Alabama held a 35-22 advantage in points in the paint. No opponent has outscored UA in the paint in this season.
• The Tide held a 14-rebound advantage and is averaging 16.5 more rebounds per game than its last two opponents.
• Alabama improved to 114-72 all-time against Mississippi State.
• UA is now 278-89 all-time in SEC games at Coleman Coliseum.

Mississippi State +/- Report
Releford  +20
Mitchell  +15
Green  +12
Davis  +6
Steele  +5
Hillman  +1
Hines  -6
Eblen  -6