Nov. 20, 2010
Recap | Box Score
Player of the Game
Neither player put together two solid halves, but collectively the first-half efforts of Senario Hillman combined with Tony Mitchell's second half made for a noteworthy 40 minutes. Hillman was a big reason for the Tide leading for much of the first half against Seton Hall as he scored 16 points in the opening half including scoring 14 of the team's first 18 points in the opening five minutes. As hot as Hillman was in the first half, his Mitchell picked up the mantle in the second half with all 13 of his points coming in the second half. Nine of those 13 points came in the final 5:18 of the contest as he tried to carry the Tide to the victory.
Play of the Game
Tony Mitchell began his end of the game spurt with a little more than five minutes left in the game when he took a handoff from Charvez Davis off the right elbow and launched himself towards the rim for a huge dunk that cut the Seton Hall lead to five, 70-65. He followed that offensive spectacle by forcing a turnover on the ensuing Seton Hall possession and capitalizing with a layup to give the Tide a four-point swing in a matter of seconds.
Turning Point of the Game
With 11:50 left in the game Alabama trailed by just two at 57-55. However, 3:18 later the Tide found itself staring at a 12-point deficit as Jeremy Hazell scored three of his 27 points to cap a 10-0 Seton Hall run. That spurt was fueled in part by four of the Tide's 21 turnovers.
Stat of the Game
Alabama shot a blistering 71.4 percent (10-of-14) from three-point range and none of the six players who attempted a three-pointer missed more than once. Both Trevor Releford and Charvez Davis were 3-of-4 from behind the arc. Unfortunately for the Tide, Seton Hall was even hotter, converting on 76.9 percent of its attempts. Combined, the two teams went 20-of-27. Seton Hall's 76.9 percent evening is the second highest percentage in 926 games played already this season while Alabama's is tied for third.
Against Seton Hall, four of the 11 five-man units the Tide used outscored the Pirates. The starting five of JaMychal Green, Tony Mitchell, Trevor Releford, Senario Hillman and Chris Hines spent the most time on the floor with 7:01 together. Those five outscored SHU, 18-16, during that span. The 3:35 that Mitchell, Releford, Hines, Charvez Davis and Charles Hankerson, Jr. spent on the floor was the most productive, outscoring SHU by three.
Additional Game Notes
- Freshman Trevor Releford scored a career-high 20 points.
- The Tide was hampered 21 turnovers, its most under Anthony Grant.
- Alabama is now 3-1 all-time in the Paradise Jam.
- Alabama last made 10 or more three-pointers against Mississippi on Feb. 28, 2009.
- Chris Hines blocked a career-high four shots.
- Alabama outrebounded Seton Hall by 10 and now has outrebounded its three opponents by nine per game.
- Alabama only got the free-throw line nine times, its lowest total since only getting to the line eight times at Arkansas on Jan. 16 of last year.
- The Tide evened its record against current BIG EAST members at 25-25.
- The loss was the first in three games against Seton Hall.
- Senario Hillman's two steals moved him into a tie for eighth all-time at UA with 134 career steals, matching Eddie Phillips' total.
- Jeremy Hazell's 27 points were the most an opponent had scored against the Tide since Kansas State's Jacob Pullen scored 30 on Dec. 19, 2009.
Alabama vs. Seton Hall +/- Report