Feb. 24, 2011
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Player of the Game
JaMychal Green scored a game-high 17 points including the game-winning tip-in with less than a second left on the shot clock to give the Crimson Tide’s its 51-49 victory over Auburn. Green spent a season-high 37 minutes on the floor and was 4-of-11 from the field but connected on arguably the biggest shot of the evening. He earned nine of his points at the free-throw line and was attempted a career-high 14 free throws. He also added four blocks and two steals with three offensive rebounds.
Play of the Game
With the scored tied at 49-49 and 7.6 seconds left Alabama called a timeout to set up the final play of the game. Coming out of the timeout, Tony Mitchell drove into the lane and put up an off-balance runner that bounced off the back iron. However a trailing JaMychal Green was able to get the carom off the glass and tip the ball into the goal with 0.3 seconds left to give the Tide the two-point victory.
“I thought the last play was a great move by Tony to drive the basketball,” UA head coach Anthony Grant said of the final possession. “Obviously, we’ve been in those situations this year so it was good to see him be aggressive and get it on the glass for us. Thankfully JaMychal was there to clean it up.”
Turning Point of the Game
Auburn’s Earnest Ross hit a three-pointer with 11:53 left to play to give AU a 12-point, 41-29 lead. However, the Tide’s defense shut down Auburn’s defense for the final 12 minutes allowing just two field goals to close the game on a 22-8 run. During that nearly 12-minute span, AU went 2-of-8 from the field and had eight of its 23 turnovers.
Stat of the Game
Alabama attempted a season-high 40 free throws and converted on a season-high 27. Free throws accounted for 52.9 percent of Alabama’s scoring and UA’s free throw production rate, an indication of a team’s ability to get to the free-throw line, came in at a season-high 64.3. UA’s 40 attempts were the most in an SEC game this season.
The five-man unit of JaMychal Green, Tony Mitchell, Trevor Releford, Charvez Davis and Andrew Steele was the Tide’s most productive lineup in the win, outscoring the Tigers, 13-4, in the 5:52 they were on the court together.
Alabama used 15 different lineups with nine of them outscoring the Tigers. Freshman Charles Hankerson, Jr. was the only player who took to the floor and was not outscored by AU at any point.
Additional Game Notes
• The game was played in front of a sold-out crowd of 15,383. The sellout was Alabama’s third straight and the fourth of the season.
• The win improved Alabama to 15-0 at home this season and 16-0 dating back to last season.
• Alabama shot 26.2 percent, its lowest percentage in a win since shooting 25.8 percent (16-of-62) in a 57-54 win over Mississippi on Feb. 12, 1997.
• Alabama matched the 1986-87 team for the best SEC record through 13 games at 11-2.
• The win was UA’s 14th in its last 16 games and improved the Tide to 8-1 against the Western Division.
• Alabama led for just 1:18, its shortest amount of time in the lead in a win this season.
• Alabama is also undefeated on Wednesdays this year.
• Alabama converted on a season-low 11 field goals.
• The Tide forced its second 10-second violation of the season.
• The shot clock violation forced with 5:34 left to play was 10th shot clock violation by an opponent this season.
• Andrew Steele matched a career high with seven rebounds.
• After committing just 19 combined turnovers in its last two games, UA committed 19 turnovers against Auburn, tying for its most in an SEC game this season.
• Auburn tied Alabama with 16 points in the paint to become just the second opponent along with Saint Peter’s that has not been outscored by UA in the paint.
• Auburn’s 15-point lead was the biggest deficit UA has faced in an SEC game this season and third biggest it has faced this season.
• Alabama held Auburn without a field goal for an 8:58 span in the second half to go on a 15-5 run.
• Auburn is the sixth opponent this season that UA has held to 50 or fewer points. UA is 6-0 in those games.
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