Feb. 12, 2011
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama men's basketball team remained undefeated at home this season after notching a 74-64 victory over Mississippi in front of a sold-out Coleman Coliseum crowd of 15,383.
Sophomore forward Tony Mitchell came off the bench with a team-high 20 points for Alabama (16-8, 8-2 SEC). Junior forward JaMychal Green logged 15 points and a career-high six blocks and freshman guard Trevor Releford contributed 14 points including 3-of-4 from the three-point line.
"That was a very good team that we played tonight," UA head coach Anthony Grant said. "We were fortunate that we were able to get a lead early and then able to hold on for the win."
The Crimson Tide's defense held the Rebels 10 points below their season average of 74.9 and 21-of-58 (36.2 percent) from the field. The Tide also tallied a season-high 11 blocks on its way to ending the Rebels winning streak at three games.
"Overall, when you look at that and you look at where we stand right now, 10 games in, you've got to be pleased with that," Grant said about UA's 8-2 record in SEC play. "We still have a chance as a basketball team to control our own destiny, which is where you want to be."
Leading 47-27 at the break, Alabama increased its lead to 23 points after four minutes into the second half. The Rebels slowly trimmed the Tide's lead with freshman guard Dundrecous Nelson guiding the way off the bench as Mississippi was able to get the deficit down to six points with 2:22 left in the game. However, Alabama played tough to close out the game led by the gutsy play of senior guard Senario Hillman who scored all six of his points in the second half.
"We made some plays there at the end that we had to make," Grant said. "We got some stops that we needed to make and made some free throws down the stretch."
Senior guard Chris Warren, who scored 15 points, and senior guard Zach Graham, who added 13 points, led the way for Mississippi (16-9, 4-6 SEC).
Alabama has won 11 of its last 13 games, and 14 straight at home dating back to last season. The Crimson Tide is now 4-1 against the SEC Western Division this season.
Alabama returns to the road, taking on LSU Thursday, Feb. 17 in Baton Rouge. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. CST.