March 11, 2010
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With the win, Alabama moves to 58-43 all-time in SEC tournament play, and 42-26 since the tourney was reinstated in 1979. They now rank second among SEC schools in SEC tourney wins (58) behind leader Kentucky (111). The Tide goes to 3-2 all-time vs. South Carolina in SEC tourney play. Alabama moves to 2-2 in SEC tourney games played in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
It also marks Alabama’s second straight win over South Carolina this year after topping the Gamecocks 79-70 on March 3 in Columbia. Alabama also used a big second-half comeback in the earlier win, fighting back from a 14-point second-half deficit.
*Alabama trailed by as many as 18 points (54-36) before making the comeback to win. The Tide used a 26-5 run to take the lead 60-59 on a Tony Mitchell layup with 2:07 left.
*In the closing seconds, Alabama was aided by a missed foul shot by USC’s Devan Downey and an ensuing layup by forward JaMychal Green.
*Alabama went 6:08 without a field goal from late in the first half to the 16 between field goals from the 2:22 mark of the first half to the 16:14 mark of the second half. The Gamecock margin went from five to 16 points during the Bama drought.
*Alabama was just 9-of-30 (30%) from the field in the first half.
*Senior guard Mikhail Torrance paced the Tide with 17 points.
*Junior forward Justin Knox provided offense early, scoring nine first-half points. He finished with 16 points, one shy of his career best set in the March 3 victory over South Carolina. He entered the tourney averaging 6.1 ppg.
*The Tide outrebounded South Carolina 46-41.