March 6, 2011
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Player of the Game
In the final regular-season game of his career at Alabama, senior Charvez Davis busted out of his recent slump and drained five three-pointers to finish with 17 points and four assists to help UA wrap up a perfect 16-0 home record this season. His five three-pointers was one shy of a career high and the fifth time this season he has hit five or more three-pointers in a game this season.
“I wanted to end it like this on a good note, so I’m proud of myself for that,” Davis said of his performance on Saturday. “I have to give my team credit because they were looking out for me and kept believing in me, so I take my hat off to them.”
Four of hit three-pointers came in the second half, of which he played all 20 minutes, including back-to-back makes with 10 minutes to go that helped UA build up a 10-point lead. His game-high four assists demonstrated his ability to stretch the defense as all four of his assists were off passes into the lane that led to layups to give him 11 assists in the last three games.
Play of the Game
With 4:30 left in the opening half, the Crimson Tide’s defense, notably JaMychal Green and Chris Hines, trapped Trey Thompkins in the corner and forced him into an errant pass that was collected by Senario Hillman. Hillman pushed the ball up the floor before delivering a long pass to a guarded Tony Mitchell on the block who redirected the ball to a sprinting JaMychal Green for the finish. The play gave the Tide a 23-17, its largest of the game to that point, and capped a 7-0 to force the Georgia bench into calling a timeout.
Turning Point of the Game
With 12 minutes left to play Georgia went on a 5-1 spurt to pull within four points before Charvez Davis delivered the dagger with three-pointers on back-to-back UA possessions followed by a Releford layup to give UA a 10-point lead at 50-40 with 8:43 to play. The Tide’s defense maintained that advantage as Georgia never got closer than three possessions for the remainder of the game and shot 4-of-11 from the field over the final nine minutes with five turnovers.
Stat of the Game
Alabama committed a season-low eight turnovers and had just four turnovers in the final 36 minutes of the game. Three of the team’s turnovers came in three straight possessions between 17:21 and 16:25 in the first half. The Tide turned the ball on a season-low 13.2 percent of its possessions.
The senior-laden, five-man unit of Tony Mitchell, Trevor Releford, Senario Hillman, Charvez Davis and Chris Hines was the Tide’s most productive by outscoring Georgia by an 18-11 margin during the 6:23 they spent together on the court.
Additional Game Notes
• The game was played in front of a sold-out crowd of 15,383. The sellout was Alabama’s fourth straight and the fifth of the season.
• The win improved Alabama to 16-0 at home this season and the team has won 17 straight dating back to last season.
• Alabama finished the regular season unbeaten at home for the 16th time in school history, the first since 2001-02, and the sixth time in Coleman Coliseum.
• Tony Mitchell recorded his fourth double-double of the season and the seventh of his career with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Seven of his 11 rebounds were on offense.
• Mitchell has now scored in double digits in 28 of 30 games this season.
• Georgia’s shot clock violation in the second half was the 12th shot clock violation UA’s defense has forced this season.
• UGA is the 17th team this season to score fewer than 60 points against the Tide. UA is 15-2 when holding its opponent under 60 points.
• Alabama recorded its 25th 20-win season in school history and the first since 2006-07.
• Alabama improved to 4-2 against the SEC Eastern Division this season.
• Alabama closed the regular season with 15 wins in its final 19 games.
• Five of Alabama’s last six opponents have attempted less than 50 shots from the field.
• Alabama improved to 89-47 and has won four straight games over Georgia in Coleman Coliseum.
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