Inside the Box Score - vs. Troy

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Tony Mitchell only missed three shots on the evening for another efficient outing.
Tony Mitchell only missed three shots on the evening for another efficient outing.

Nov. 16, 2010

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Player of the Game
Sophomore Tony Mitchell may have had the lowest point total of the Crimson Tide’s four double-digit scorers but he managed to fill up his stat line better than anyone else on the squad in Monday’s win. In 27 minutes of action he scored 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting and made one of his two three-point attempts. He also added four assists, which were converted to nine points, and had no turnovers.

On the defensive end of the floor he led the team in blocks with three and added two steals. His blocks and steals resulted in four additional points and he set the defensive tone for the game by swatting Troy'dirst attempt into the stands just four seconds into the game.

He brought the same energy on offense with him bringing the Coleman Coliseum crowd to its feet with four of the team’s eight dunks.

“We just try to play up-tempo, keep the ball moving and find the open guy. I just happened to be open at the rim a couple times down the stretch,” Mitchell said of his alley-oop dunks.

In terms of efficiency, he posted a rating of 22, just shy of his career high of 23 set in the second game of 2009-10 against Jackson State. Also, the Tide outscored Troy by 27 total points when he was on the floor.

Play of the Game
Senario Hillman, who finished with 16 points, five rebounds and two steals, had one of his trademark defensive stops that generated offense with 5:27 left in the first half. After Troy inbounded the ball following a Charvez Davis three-pointer, Hillman picked the pocket of Will Weathers as he received the ball. Hillman outhustled Weathers for the ball, scooped it up and converted on a one-handed slam as he was fouled by a Troy defender. Hillman hit the ensuing free throw to give the Tide a six-point swing in a matter of seconds.

Turning Point of the Game
Troy pulled within 13 points at 58-45 with 9:48 left to play but Alabama responded with an 8-0 run over the next 90 seconds to extend its lead to a more comfortable 21 points. JaMychal Green jump started the rally with a pair of dunks that he single-handedly generated with an offensive rebounds and a steal. 

Stat of the Game
Alabama doubled Troy’s production in the paint with the Tide scoring 48 of its 79 points near the basket. The Tide scored 48 in the paint in its first game as well. Alabama averaged 31.2 points per game in the paint last season.

Top Lineup
JaMychal Green, Tony Mitchell, Trevor Releford, Senario Hillman and Charvez Davis were the most productive five-man unit on the evening, outscoring Troy, 17-8, in the 4:46 they were on the floor together. In all, the Tide used 19 different lineups with 10 of them outscoring Troy.

Other Notes
- Alabama used its second different starting lineup of the season with freshman Trevor Releford, senior Senario Hillman, sophomore Tony Mitchell, junior JaMychal Green and senior Chris Hines. The start was team-high 61st for Green and the 58th of Hillman's career.
- Alabama’s 47 first-half points were its most since scoring 55 points against Florida A&M on Nov. 19, 2008.
- UA improved to 3-0 against Troy and 30-2 all-time against current members of the Sun Belt.
- The win was UA’s 475th in Coleman Coliseum.
- Alabama had eight dunks on the night, four from Tony Mitchell and the team now has 17 dunks through two games.
- In the first two games of each of his three seasons at UA, JaMychal Green has averaged 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds.
- In his two games this season he has converted on 63.6 percent of his field goal attempts (14-of-22).
- Alabama has held its first two opponents to a combined 30.6 percent from the field (38-of-124).
- The Tide posted a 2.1-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio and all but two players had a positive assist-to-turnover ratio and no player had more than two turnovers.
-  Alabama forced its first shot-clock violation of the season at the 6:55 mark of the first half.
JaMychal Green needed just 13:37 to reach double-figures in scoring. The junior has reached double-digits in 12 of his last 13 games and in 46 of his 65 career games. He finished with a game-high 17 points.
-  The Tide shot 50 percent from the field in and 63.6 percent from inside the three-point arc.
-  The Tide had approximately 65 possessions and scored on 36 of those for a floor percentage of 55 percent.
-  The team forced its first 10-second violation of the season with 14:36 left in the second half.
-  UA’s shooting cooled off in the second half as the team shot 26.7 percent (4-of-15) in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
-  The Tide scored 70 or more points in back-to-back games to open a season for the first time since 2007-08.
Senario Hillman had two steals and now has 132 steals in his career, two shy of moving into eighth all-time at UA.

Alabama vs. Troy +/- Report
Mitchell +27
Releford +26
Hillman +23
Green +19
Davis +16
Hines +14
Carter -3
Durant -3
Hankerson -6
Eblen -7
Engstrom -11