Nov. 10, 2009
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama men’s basketball team defeated Augusta State, 61-55, Tuesday night at Coleman Coliseum in its final exhibition game before the Tide begins regular season play on Saturday.
“I think this was a great game for us to play,” said head coach Anthony Grant. “Augusta State is a team that I have a lot of respect for, obviously when you look at the success that program has had. They are a senior-led team that understands what it is to play for championships, what it is to play as a team and other things it takes to win, they understand it.”
Alabama was led by sophomore forward JaMychal Green with 12 points and five rebounds while junior Charvez Davis scored eight points. Seniors Mikhail Torrance and Anthony Brock added seven points each. As a team, the Tide dished out 13 assists, with Torrance accounting for seven. The Alabama bench stepped up for the Tide, outscoring Augusta State 25-9.
Augusta State, a perennial Division II power, was led by Ben Madgen’s 16 points followed by 12 from Alex Smith and Fred Brathwaite.
The first half was close throughout, with Alabama taking a one-point, 27-26, lead at the break. Brock drained a three pointer to put Alabama on top 12-11 early but the Jaguars stayed close and took the lead before a layup from Torrance with just under two minutes left in the half ended a 10-minute span where Augusta State led the Tide.
Alabama shot 46 percent (10-of-22) in the first, with three makes from behind the arc and a perfect 4-of-4 from were perfect from free-throw line. Junior guard Charvez Davis led Alabama at the break with 6 points, both from beyond the arc while Justin Knox led the Tide defensively with three blocked shots in the opening half.
Alabama got off to a quick start after the break, taking a 10-point lead off of back-to-back three’s from Hillman and Steele. Freshman forward Tony Mitchell threw down a monstrous dunk with a little over seven minutes to go in the game to put the Tide on top 51-40. However, the resilient Jaguars battled back to pull within two points on a Madgen jumper with 34 seconds left. In the last 30 seconds, Alabama sank six free throws to preserve the 61-55 win. Green scored ten of his 12 points in the second half of play and pulled down four rebounds. Alabama was able to pull down 22 rebounds in the second half to the Jaguars 13.
The Crimson Tide’s 23 turnovers allowed Augusta State to remain within striking distance for much of the game, giving the Tide something to focus on in the days leading up to the season opener.
“It’s extremely frustrating for me,” said Torrance. “I’m a senior so they look to me to take care of the ball and I have got to get better at that, especially down in the stretch of the game. We just got to get back in practice and watch film and just get better.””
The Tide will open up the 2009-10 regular season on Saturday when defending Ivy League champion Cornell visits Coleman Coliseum. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m.