Inside the Box Score - vs. Mississippi

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Charles Hankerson, Jr. scored 10 points off the bench for the Tide against Mississippi.
Charles Hankerson, Jr. scored 10 points off the bench for the Tide against Mississippi.

Feb. 5, 2012

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Player of the Game
Despite not being on the floor when the game was won, senior JaMychal Green’s veteran play put the Crimson Tide in position for the double-overtime win against Mississippi. Green finished with his 24th career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Of his 12 boards, six came off the offensive glass for his highest total this season and helped UA hold a 15-5 advantage in second-chance points. Those 12 rebounds gave him 856 career boards, the most by an active SEC player and the 11th most in UA history.

Play of the Game
In the first overtime period, the Tide and Mississippi were knotted at 61-61 with 16.1 seconds left and the ball in Mississippi’s possession.  On UM’s first attempt to drive to the basket, Trevor Releford knocked the ball away from Terrance Henry out of bounds with 4.2 seconds left. Moments later, UM’s Nick Summers appeared to have the ball in the lane for a good luck at the rim when Releford reached in from behind and jarred the ball loose into Andrew Steele’s waiting hands to end UM’s potential game-winning charge.

Turning Point of the Game
The game wasn’t finally decided until the 49th minute of play when the Tide took a three-point lead. Nursing a 65-64 advantage in the final minute, UA tried to use as much of the shot clock as possible and didn’t put the offense in gear until eight seconds remained on the shot clock. Trevor Releford tried to penetrate, but temporarily lost control of the ball before he was able to tap it out to Andrew Steele on the wing. With the shot clock nearing expiration, Steele dribble up to the far elbow and drained a jumper to give the Tide a 67-64 lead with 32 seconds left.

Stat of the Game
Alabama’s bench provided scoring punch again with a 34 points, its second highest output of the season and the highest in an SEC game. Twenty-four of those points came from Tony Mitchell and Charles Hankerson, Jr. In its last three games, UA’s bench is averaging 28.7 points per game and the bench has scored 43.6 percent of the Tide’s points.

Top Lineup
The Tide used nearly its entire bench in victory with 11 players hitting the court and all seeing eight or more minutes of action. As a result, UA utilized 20 different five-man combination to defeat Mississippi with 13 of them outscoring or playing UM even. The most productive unit, in terms of scoring differential, consisted of Ben Eblen, JaMychal Green, Nick Jacobs, Charles Hankerson and Rodney Cooper. Those five held a 7-1 advantage over UM during the 2:57 they were on the court. Green, Hankerson and Eblen also owned the team’s top individual +/- scores with the Tide outscoring UM by 13 points when Hankerson and Green were on the floor and by 10 when Eblen was on the court.

Additional Notes
- The overtime contest was the 105th in UA history. Alabama is 56-48-1 all-time in overtime games.
- It was also the 12th double-overtime game in program history and the first since 2009. UA is 10-2 in double-overtime contests.
- After shooting 56 percent in the first half, the second highest percentage by a UA opponent this season, Mississippi converted on 12 of its 36 shots in the second half and overtimes.
- Alabama outscored Mississippi, 36-34, in the paint. UA has outscored 21 of its 22 opponents in the paint.
- Mississippi scored 0.89 points per possession to become the 18th opponent this season held under a point per possession against the Tide.
- Charles Hankerson, Jr., scored 10 points, his most in an SEC game.
- Alabama improved to 3-1 in home SEC games this season.
- The Tide has won 28 of its last 30 home games and 12 of its last 13 home SEC games.
- The Tide improved to 117-52 all-time against Mississippi, 70-10 in Tuscaloosa and 37-6 in Coleman Coliseum.
- The Tide committed turnovers on 16.1 percent of its possessions, its second lowest percentage in an SEC game this season.

Mississippi +/- Report
Hankerson  +13
Green  +13
Eblen  +10
Jacobs  +8
Steele +1
Cooper  -2
Mitchell  -4
Randolph  -5
Releford  -6
Gueye  -7
Lacey  -10