March 3, 2011
Player of the Game
Trevor Releford bounced back from a few tough outings to score a team-high 17 points, 11 in the second half, on 6-of-9 shooting with three rebounds and four assists. The freshman point guard accounted for half of UA's assists and free throws. In the second half he scored six of UA's first 10 points and later added the team's only three-pointer as he poured in four of the team's final six points of the game.
Play of the Game
With the game tied at 24 and the Tide facing full court pressure, Releford sprinted up the court through the defense and as defenders collapsed on him in the lane, dished the ball off to JaMychal Green on the left block for the uncontested basket to give UA a two-point lead with two minutes to play in the first half.
Turning Point of the Game
After starting the game 0-10 from three-point range, the Gators' perimeter shooting got hot in the second half when Kenny Boynton drained a three-pointer with a one-point lead with 14:49 left to play in the contest. Boynton's three points keyed a 10-0 Gator run that expanded the lead to double-digits on the way to the 27-point win.
Stat of the Game
Florida held a 38-36 advantage in points in the paint to become the first team this season to outscore the Tide in the paint. On the season, UA has outscored its opponents by a 1,035-678 margin or an average of 12.3 points per game.
The five-man unit of JaMychal Green, Trevor Releford, Senario Hillman, Chris Hines and Andrew Steele was one of only three that outscored the Gators. Those five held a four-point, 8-4, advantage over UF during the 2:47 they were on the court together. The Tide used 16 different lineups in the game with six of them outscoring or playing the Gators even.
Additional Game Notes
- The Tide suffered its first back-to-back losses since Dec. 11.
- Tony Mitchell scored in double figures for the 27th time in 29 games this season.
- JaMychal Green finished one rebound shy of recording his 20th career double-double.
- All 11 of Alabama's offensive rebounds came from Green and Mitchell.
- Florida was just the fifth team this season to score above its season average against the Tide.
- Florida also averaged 1.27 points per possession, matching the highest average UA's defense has given up. It also surrendered 1.27 points per possession in the road loss at Vanderbilt. Of the Tide's 29 opponents this season, 22 have scored less than a point per possession.
- The contest was tied at halftime, the third time that has happened this season. UA is no 1-2 when tied at the half and 17-3 when leading at halftime.
- Alabama had five steals, its second fewest of the season. UA is averaging 9.4 steals per game, but just 7.0 in its SEC losses.
- Florida converted on eight three-pointers, the second most UA has given up in SEC play and the third most this season.
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