Nov. 2, 2008
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The Alabama men's basketball team kicked off the 2008-09 season with its annual Crimson-White intrasquad game Sunday at Coleman Coliseum with the Crimson team taking the victory 102-77. Mikhail Torrance scored 27 points and dished out nine assists for the Crimson team, both game highs. Senior Ronald Steele paced the White team with 21 points in his first game action in over a year after missing last season with knee surgery.
The scrimmage was played under standard game conditions with two 20 minute halves, referees and media timeouts. The Tide's 12-man roster was divided into two six-man teams for the contest. The Crimson team jumped out to an early 21-7 lead and never let the White team back in it, maintaining a double figure lead throughout the second half.
All six members of the Crimson team scored in double figures. Freshman McDonald's All-American JaMychal Green contributed 18 points while his front-court teammate Demetrius Jemison added 12 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Sophomore guard Senario Hillman scored 17 points that included a 3-6 performance from behind the arc. Center Yamen Coleman scored 15 points, and junior-college transfer guard Anthony Brock chipped in 13.
"I thought JaMychal was great," head coach Mark Gottfried said. "Again, you have to remember he's a freshman. He did some nice things, he got the ball around the basket, took his time and wasn't in a hurry and made real effective plays. He goes 8-8 from the foul line today, which was nice for him. You look at both teams, one team goes 23-25 from the line and the other team goes 18-24 from the line, so that's encouraging."
Fifth-year senior Ronald Steele logged 36 minutes for the White team after redshirting last season. Senior Alonzo Gee posted a double-double for the White with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Brandon Hollinger knocked down a game-high four three-pointers on his way to an 18 point game, and Ronald Steele's younger brother freshman Andrew Steele tacked on 13 points to round out the double figure scorers for the White team.
"It felt good being back out here in front of the crowd," Ronald Steele said. "I feel like we played hard and got better, so it was a good thing."
"Ronald was good," Gottfried said. "I don't think he was great today, but he was good. I think sometimes, what was going through my mind was it looked like during a couple of periods he was trying to get two years back in one (Crimson White) game. He just needs to relax. He's like every player; he needs more minutes and more playing to get comfortable again. I thought he played good, but he can play better."
For the game the Crimson team shot 61 percent (36-59) from the field compared to 35 percent (25-72) for the White. The teams were almost even on the boards with the Crimson team holding a slight edge 40-39.
The Crimson team held a 57-44 advantage at halftime thanks to a 53 percent shooting effort from the field and a 15-15 mark from the free throw line. Torrance scored 16 of his 27 points in the first frame to lead all scorers.
Alabama will get its first look at another opponent Thursday Nov. 6 when it hosts Faulkner in an exhibition game. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 CT at Coleman Coliseum.