Men's Basketball Drops Paradise Jam Finale, 50-49

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Tony Mitchell averaged 13.7 points and 6.7 rebounds during the Paradise Jam.
Tony Mitchell averaged 13.7 points and 6.7 rebounds during the Paradise Jam.

Nov. 22, 2010

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ST. THOMAS, USVI - The Alabama men's basketball team dropped its final game of the Paradise Jam, 50-49 to Saint Peter's Monday afternoon. With the loss, the Crimson Tide drops to 2-3 on the season, while the Peacocks picked up their first win of the season to improve to 1-3.

"We've got a lot of work to do right now, and we're a team that needs to start from scratch," head coach Anthony Grant said.

Junior forward JaMychal Green collected 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the floor with eight of his points coming in the first half. Sophomore forward Tony Mitchell finished with 15 points, converting on 9-of-11 from the free throw line. Mitchell also finished as the Tide's leading rebounder with six boards.

Alabama suffered offensively, only connecting on 32.5 percent (13-40) from the field. The Tide hit on just 4-for-11 from distance, including missing all five attempts in the second half. Saint Peter's was able to overcome attempting only four free throws in the entire game, compared to Alabama's 19-for-25 effort from the charity stripe, by shooting an impressive 20-for-47 (42.6 percent) from the floor, including 8-of-18 from beyond the arc.

The low-scoring affair made for a back-and-forth contest that included three ties and six lead changes in the opening half. The Peacocks claimed a five-point lead thanks to a trey by Nick Leon, but Alabama was able to move back in front just before the half thanks to a pair of free throws by Green.

Saint Peter's was ice cold coming out of the locker room to begin the second half, failing to score a single point for the first 6:21 of the half. However, the Tide was only able to stretch a one point halftime lead to seven during that time.

Alabama kept the lead until the 6:13 mark, when Leon hit a layup to tie the score at 43. Mitchell answered with a layup of his own to regain the lead for the Tide, but Leon once again countered to tie the score.

Mitchell's layup with 5:34 left in the game was the last field goal Alabama would make, but the Tide still managed to hold the lead until the final seconds. Mitchell hit a pair of free throws with under two minutes remaining to stretch the lead to three at 49-46. The Peacocks' Jeron Belin made one of two free throws to close the gap to two, which was followed by a steal by Ryan Bacon with 37 seconds remaining.

Saint Peter's took a timeout to draw up a play with 22 seconds remaining, and Belin drained a deep jumper to give the Peacocks a 50-49 lead with just 10 seconds left. Alabama called a timeout for one final play, but Mitchell's last-second jumper was no good.

"The thing we talk about on defense is being alert and aware and making them miss," Grant added on the game-winning shot. "We got caught looking at the ball and he stepped up and made a great shot."

Alabama will be back in action on Saturday, Nov. 27, when it plays host to Alabama A&M at 1 p.m. CT.