Inside the Box Score - vs. Mississippi

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Trevor Releford scored 14 points and finished just off his career marks in steals and assists.
Trevor Releford scored 14 points and finished just off his career marks in steals and assists.

Feb. 13, 2011

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Player of the Game
Reigning SEC Freshman of the Week Trevor Releford kept his squad on track against Mississippi with another solid outing at point guard for the Crimson Tide. Releford scored 14 points for his fifth straight game in double figures and finished with seven assists and three steals. Both were one shy of a career high. After making just 11 three-pointers in his first 23 games of the season he went 3-of-4, making half of the Tide’s three-pointers on the day.

Releford’s seven assists led to 14 points and his first three passes led to dunks to help Alabama establish the energy it intended to play with on Saturday. His final steal of the afternoon effectively sealed the victory and he sank both free throws after being fouled to give Alabama 12-point lead with 24 seconds to play.

Play of the Game
With a little more than two minutes to play in the opening half, Senario Hillman picked up his only steal of the game along the three-point line and pushed the ball up court to Tony Mitchell at halfcourt. Mitchell, without putting the ball on the court, dished the ball out to Trevor Releford on the left elbow for the easy layup.

The play gave UA its biggest lead of the half at 21 points and Hillman’s steal moved him into second all-time at UA with Robert Horry at 168 career steals.

Turning Point of the Game
Mississippi pulled within six point at 65-59 with 2:21 left in the game but senior Senario Hillman helped quiet the late rally with a three-point play on the ensuing possession. Hillman took a Releford pass on the block in for a reverse layup and drew enough contact to get the foul. Hillman sank his free throw to put the Tide up a more manageable nine points to preserve the win.

Stat of the Game
Tony Mitchell recorded his fourth straight 20-point game with 20 points. Mitchell is averaging 22.2 points over the last four games. The last UA player to record four straight 20-point outings was Richard Hendrix when he did so to open the 2007-08 season.

Winston Kennedy was the last UA player to accomplish the feat against SEC competition scoring 22, 21, 24 and 21 points against LSU, Kentucky, Auburn and Mississippi State, respectively, in 2004-05.

Lineup of the Game

Freshman Charles Hankerson, Jr. was part of the most productive Tide lineup of the day as he, Senario Hillman, Ben Eblen, Tony Mitchell and JaMychal Green combined to outscore Mississippi by seven points during the 3:14 they were on the court together.

Alabama used 15 lineups in the win with nine of them outscoring or playing Mississippi even.

Additional Game Notes
• The game was Alabama’s second sellout of the season with an attendance of 15,383. The contest against LSU was also a sellout.
Senario Hillman had one steal to move into a tie for second all-time at UA with Robert Horry at 168 career steals.
• Chris Warren, the SEC’s second leading scorer was held to just two field goals in the contest.
• Alabama blocked a season-high 11 shots with JaMychal Green blocking a career-high six shots.
• Mississippi became the 17th opponent this season to be held under 40 percent shooting.
• Alabama used the starting five of JaMychal Green, Chris Hines, Charvez Davis, Andrew Steele and Trevor Releford. The start was the second of the season for Steele and the eighth of his career.
• Tony Mitchell’s 20 bench points give him a 22.0 point average when coming off the bench in SEC games.
Trevor Releford finished one assist shy of a career high and is averaging 5.3 assists per game in the month of February.
• Alabama’s 47 first half points tied for its most this season. UA also scored 47 in a 79-60 win over Troy on Nov. 15. In its last three games, UA is averaging 41.3 first half points.
• After shooting 5-of-29 from three-point range its last two games, the Tide connected on its first two three-point attempts of the game and finished the half 5-of-9 and the game 6-of-13. Three different players sank three-pointers.
• Freshman Charles Hankerson, Jr. entered the game with 11:31 left in the half to see his first action since playing six minutes against LSU on Jan. 29. With 9:27 left in the half he scored on a fastbreak layup for his first basket since Dec. 21, 2010, against Lipscomb. He finished the game with four points.
• Green and Mitchell are a combined 30-of-46 (.652) from the field in the last two games.
• Alabama held a 30-24 advantage in points in the paint. No team has outscored UA in the paint this season.
• Alabama improved to a perfect 13-0 at home and Mississippi became just the seventh home opponent to even hold a lead on Alabama. The Tide has won 14 straight home games dating back to last season.
• Alabama now has an 8-2 record in SEC play for the first time since 2001-02.
• Alabama improved to 116-51 all-time against the Rebels.

Mississippi +/- Report
Hines  +13
Releford  +11
Steele  +7
Davis  +6
Hankerson  +4
Hillman  +3
Green  +2
Mitchell  +0
Eblen  -1