March 5, 2011
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama men's basketball team closed out the regular season Saturday afternoon with a 65-57 victory over Georgia in a sold-out Coleman Coliseum.
Junior forward JaMychal Green led the way for Alabama (20-10, 12-4 SEC) with a 19-point, nine-rebound performance. Senior guard Charvez Davis added 17 points including five three-pointers on Senior Day. Sophomore forward Tony Mitchell tallied 13 points and 11 rebounds, his fourth double-double of the season while freshman guard Trevor Releford totaled eight points, all in the second half.
"I was interested to see how our guys would bounce back," said UA head coach Anthony Grant. "But as soon as we got to the practice floor a few days ago you could tell they were ready to go and they were focused on moving forward."
A perfect 16-0 at home this season, Alabama posted its 25th 20-win season in school history. The Tide also snapped Georgia's perfect record against SEC West opponents this season.
"Our fans have been tremendous," Grant said. "We wouldn't be where we are at right now without the support and the enthusiasm that is in this building. I can tell you even today there were times when the energy was provided by the fans, and that's been the case all season for us - our fans have been tremendous."
Prior to tipoff, head coach Anthony Grant and the capacity crowd honored this year's UA senior class in Davis, Senario Hillman, Chris Hines and Justin Luquire. Hillman scored three points while Hines added two points.
"I thought we got great effort out of all of our seniors," Grant said. "I'm so proud of those guys and so happy for them to get the win."
Georgia jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead due to a balanced attack, but the Tide fought back its way back into the game thanks to strong defense in the paint. Alabama went on an 11-2 run at the 13:54 mark and took a 27-21 lead into the half.
Georgia attempted to get back into the game after the half, but Alabama continued to answer. Davis knocked down four shots from beyond the three-point arc in the second half to energize the Tide's offense. Alabama built its largest lead of the game, 56-45, after Green made a layup with 5:52 remaining in the contest.
Directing the way for Georgia (20-10, 9-7 SEC) was guard Travis Leslie with 15 points and 10 rebounds while forward Trey Thompkins added 15 points of his own.
With the win over Georgia, the Tide could earn a share of the SEC regular-season title if Florida falls at Vanderbilt later this afternoon.
Alabama will play next in the SEC Tournament as the No. 1 seed in the Western Division. The Tide's tournament play will tip off at noon CST on Friday, March 11 against the winner of the Thursday game between the No. 5 seed in the West and No. 4 seed in the East.