Nov. 12, 2010
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama Men's Basketball Team opened the 2010-11 regular season with a 76-37 win over the Florida A&M Rattlers Friday at the Coleman Coliseum. The Crimson Tide now leads the all-time series against the Rattlers 6-0.
The win marked the 1,500th in Alabama history, making the Tide one of just 32 NCAA Division I programs to reach that summit. Alabama joins Kentucky and Arkansas as the only SEC programs with 1,500 wins.
"It just felt good to get back on the court," UA head coach Anthony Grant said. "This is the first game of regular season so I wanted our guys to come out there with some intensity."
Junior forward JaMychal Green led the way for the Crimson Tide with 14 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore forward Tony Mitchell added 12 points and nine rebounds. Senior guards Charvez Davis and Senario Hillman had 11 points each and newcomer Charles Hankerson scored 10 points.
"I thought JaMychal did a good job of showing patience in the second half," Grant said. "He did a good job on the glass which allowed us to get out in transition. It's game one, a learning experience. We need to understand what the expectations are and what we need to do to keep getting better as we move forward. "
Alabama played a well-rounded defensive game, holding Florida A&M to 23 percent (15-of-65) from the field. Offensively, The Tide held a huge advantage in the paint, outscoring the Rattlers 48-14. On fast-breaks points, Alabama enjoyed a 22-2 advantage. The Tide led by as many as 43 points in the game.
The Tide's first six points came off Florida A&M turnovers, which served as a jumping off point to an 11-0 UA run. Meanwhile the Tide's defense held strong, holding off the first Rattler basket until 7:14 into the game. All of Alabama's newcomers saw action in the first twelve minutes of the game.
Leading 34-17 coming out of the break, the Tide started the second half with a 10-0 run to lead the Rattlers 44-17 with 17:03 left in the game. Alabama ended up outscoring Florida A&M 18-3 in the first five minutes of the second half.
"We are going to make things happen and make things more exciting for the crowd," Green said of Alabama's second half start.
Rookie Travis Releford became just the fourth true freshman to start at point guard in a season opener for the Tide, joining Ennis Whatley (1982), Mo Williams (2002) and Ronald Steele (2005).
Friday's game marked the least amount of points allowed in the Anthony Grant era, and the lowest amount since LSU scored only 38 points on Jan. 27, 2010 in Tuscaloosa. It was also the largest margin of victory during Grant's Tide tenure, with previous best being a 38-point margin against Louisiana Monroe on Dec. 5, 2009 at Coleman Coliseum.
The Crimson Tide (1-0) hosts its next game on Monday against Troy. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. CT.