Nov. 14, 2009
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JaMychal Green had his second straight double-double in a season opener with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Last season he had 17 points and 12 rebounds in the opener against Mercer. It was his eighth career double-double.
He is the first player in the last decade to open up consecutive seasons with a double-double. His double-double is also just the fifth in an opener since 1999-00.
His 17 points is also tied for the 11th most points in an opener in the last decade.
Tony Mitchell's 12 points ties for the seventh best debut by a freshman in UA history. Below are the best freshman debuts all-time at UA.
Pts. Player Opponent Date
1. 25 Eddie Phillips Wagner Nov. 24, 1978
2. 17 JaMychal Green Mercer Nov. 16, 2008
17 Cedric Moore Davidson Nov. 23, 1991
17 Leon Douglas Cornell Dec. 1, 1972
5. 16 T. R. Dunn Georgia Tech Nov. 30, 1974
6. 15 Mo Williams Miss. Valley State Nov. 13, 2001
7. 12 Tony Mitchell Cornell Nov. 14, 2009
12 James Robinson Delaware Nov. 24, 1990
9. 11 Ennis Watley New Hampshire Nov. 27, 1981
11 Antonio McDyess Chattanooga Dec. 1, 1993
11 Gerald Wallace Troy Nov. 20, 2000
played 34 minutes, his most in a regulation game, and scored 15 points tying for the second highest output of his career. He also added a game-high three steals.
Alabama is now 77-20 in season openers and 61-8 when opening at home and 19-3 at Coleman Coliseum.
Cornell evened the all-time series at 1-1 and Alabama is now 7-2 against the Ivy League.
Cornell's win was its third against an SEC program and first since 1972-73 with previous wins over Arkansas and Kentucky.
Alabama opened with a starting lineup of Anthony Brock
, Senario Hillman
, Andrew Steele
, JaMychal Green
and Justin Knox
. The start was the first of Steele's career and second of Brock's.
Alabama's 6-point halftime deficit was the largest in a non-conference game since a 9-point halftime deficit at Texas A&M on Nov. 28, 2007.
seven first-half rebounds tied for the third most the sophomore has had in an opening half. Three of his seven boards came off the offensive glass.
In 2008-09, Alabama was 1-8 when trailing at halftime. The lone win came in the double-overtime victory against Mississippi State on February 21, 2009.
Twelve of Alabama's first 14 points came from Anthony Brock
and JaMychal Green
. Each had six with Brock's coming via a pair of three-pointers.
Alabama scored just once in the final 7:58 of the first half, that bucket coming on a tip-in dunk from freshman Tony Mitchell
The Tide's 20 first-half points were its fewest since scoring 20 points at Arkansas on January 6, 2007.