Inside the Box Score - vs. FAMU

Trevor Releford became the fourth freshman in UA history to start at point guard in a season opener.

Trevor Releford became the fourth freshman in UA history to start at point guard in a season opener.

Nov. 13, 2010

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Player of the Game
Alabama junior forward JaMychal Green continued what has become his tradition of starting the season strong with a game-high 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting and seven rebounds. Four of his field goals were rim-rocking dunks and three of his boards were off the offensive glass. He also added three assists, two steals and a block. Making his night even more impressive is the fact that this was all accomplished in 18 minutes of action. Also, Green, who has had his battles with foul trouble his first two seasons at the Capstone, was not whistled for a single foul on Friday.

Using the NBA’s efficiency stat, which rewards for ‘good stats’ while punishing for ‘bad stats,’ Green finished with an efficiency of 32 matching his career-best mark set last season against Mercer. Additionally, the team outscored FAMU by 34 total points when he was on the floor. In his three season openers at UA, Green has averaged 16.0 points and 9.7 rebounds. Friday’s game was the first opener in which he hasn’t had a double-double.

Play of the Game
With 16:10 to play in the contest and FAMU on a fast break, Tony Mitchell raced behind the FAMU ball handler and deflected the ball from behind into the waiting arms of Ben Eblen at the top of the key. Eblen made an outlet pass up court to JaMychal Green who, rather than dunk it himself, elected to toss the ball off the glass to Mitchell who put the exclamation point on the series with his third dunk of the night.

Turning Point of the Game
While the game was already relatively in hand at halftime, the start of the second half ensured the Tide victory. With a 17-point halftime lead, UA needed three minutes to extend that lead to 27 with a 10-0 run to open the half. Senario Hillman opened the barrage with a three-pointer, followed by a three-point play from Trevor Releford and a pair of dunks from JaMychal Green. FAMU was 0-for-4 from the field with two turnovers during this stretch while UA was 4-of-6.

Stat of the Game
Alabama’s defense held FAMU to just 23.1 percent shooting. That performance was the lowest from the field by an opponent since Nov. 18, 1997, when North Texas shot 18.8 percent by hitting 18 of a staggering 96 attempts in that season’s opener.

Top Lineup
Alabama’s starting combination of Trevor Releford, Ben Eblen, Senario Hillman, Tony Mitchell and JaMychal Green was the Tide’s most productive line of the evening by outscoring the Rattlers by 23 points in the nine minutes the five were on the floor together. In fact, those five outscored FAMU by a 26-3 margin.

Additional Game Notes
- Alabama used the starting lineup of freshman Trevor Releford, sophomore Ben Eblen, senior Senario Hillman, sophomore Tony Mitchell and junior JaMychal Green. Eblen’s start was the first of his career at UA while it was a team-high 96th for Hillman.
- The win was the 1,500th in program history for UA. The Crimson Tide is now just one of 32 NCAA Division I programs to boast 1,500 wins. Kentucky and Arkansas are the only two other SEC programs with 1,500 wins.
 - Alabama won its season opener for the first time in three years and improved to 78-20 all-time in season openers and 20-3 in openers at Coleman Coliseum.
- Senario Hillman had a team-high four steals to give him 130 in his career.
- Florida A&M’s 37 points were its fewest in six all-time meetings against Alabama. UA is now 6-0 against the Rattlers.
- Releford started at point guard for the Crimson Tide to become just the fourth true freshman to start at the point in a season opener for the Tide. He joined Ennis Whatley (1982), Mo Williams (2002) and Ronald Steele (2005).
- Alabama’s first six points of the game came via FAMU turnovers.
- Charvez Davis, who missed the two exhibition games following surgery to repair a hernia, was UA’s first substitute off the bench entering the game with 15:05 left in the first half. Davis hit the second and third three-pointers he attempted in the game.
- Alabama kept FAMU off the scoreboard for the first 7:14 of the game. The Rattlers missed 10 shots during that span.
- All five of Alabama’s newcomers saw action in the first 11:29 of the game.
- FAMU’s 17 first half points were the fewest by an opponent in a half since LSU was held to just 13 points on Jan. 27, 2010.

UA vs. FAMU Plus/Minus Report
Calculates the point differential scored when each player was on the floor.
Hillman : +35
Green:  +34
Eble: +30
Mitchell: +25
Releford: +23
Hankerson: +14
Hines: +12
Carter: +9
Durant: +7
Davis: +7
Engstrom: +4
Luquire: -5