Nov. 11, 2011
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The No. 17/19 Alabama men's basketball team opened regular-season play with a 64-44 win over the North Florida Ospreys Friday night in Coleman Coliseum.
Senior forward JaMychal Green led all scorers with a game-high 18 points while junior forward Tony Mitchell notched the eighth double-double of his career with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Levi Randolph added eight rebounds to go along with five points for Alabama.
The Crimson Tide led by as many as 28 points in the second half after holding a 29-16 halftime lead. Alabama limited North Florida to 13-of-56 (23.2%) shooting on the night, including just 3-of-21 (14.3%) from beyond the three-point arc. Friday's game marked the 11th time in UA head coach Anthony Grant's tenure the Crimson Tide has held an opponent under 50 points.
"We're excited, obviously, to get that first win under our belt," Grant said. "North Florida came in with great energy and they fought really hard. At the beginning of the game we really had a tough time getting into the offensive flow. Thankfully our defense was able to make it difficult for them to score as well. In the second half and the end of the first half we finally found our rhythm and were able to get a little bit of a lead going into the half."
Holding a 29-16 halftime advantage, the Tide stretched the lead to 43-23 behind a 10-2 run at the 11:26 juncture of the half. Mitchell and Green combined for all 10 points of the run as UA held the Ospreys without a field goal for two separate four-minute stretches to start the second half.
After UNF briefly cut the lead to 45-29 less than two minutes later, the Crimson Tide outscored the Ospreys 19-7 down the stretch to thwart any hope of a comeback.
As a team, Alabama amassed seven blocks on the night, led by Green and freshman forward Nick Jacobs who both had a pair on the night. Freshman forward Rodney Cooper (seven points, five rebounds) and freshman guard Trevor Lacey (six points five rebounds) combined for 13 points and 10 rebounds in their first game in a Tide uniform.
Mitchell punctuated an Alabama 13-1 scoring run in the first half that broke the game open with three consecutive baskets as part of 10 first half points. The Tide would build the lead to as much as 14 before settling on a 29-16 halftime advantage.
Alabama hosts Oakland University Monday, Nov. 14 in Coleman Coliseum. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. (CST).