Inside the Box Score - vs. Saint Peter's

Tony Mitchell's free-throw shooting helped keep the Tide in a tight game on Monday.

Tony Mitchell's free-throw shooting helped keep the Tide in a tight game on Monday.

Nov. 22, 2010

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Player of the Game
Tony Mitchell scored a team-high 15 points and wrapped up the three-game Paradise Jam by averaging 13.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Against Saint Peter’s he only scored three times from the field but was effective in getting to the line and keeping the Tide in the game by going 9-of-11 from the free-throw line. In the second half alone, he was 7-of-9 from the line and accounted for 11 of the Tide’s 20 second-half points.

Play of the Game
One of the few bright spots for the Crimson Tide came with 10 minutes to go in the first half when Kendall Durant, following a big three-pointer, forced a turnover at mid-court, passed the ball to Charles Hankerson, Jr. at the top of the key. Hankerson jumped to catch the pass and while in mid-air redirected the ball to a streaking Trevor Releford for a layup on the right side of the goal. That brief flurry capped a 7-0 UA run that gave the team an early 13-10 lead.

Turning Point of the Game
With 5:34 left in the contest Tony Mitchell hit the team’s final field goal of the game as the team went 0-of-7 from the field during the final 5:34. Alabama scored four points from the free-throw line, but was outscored 7-4 during the final five minutes of the contest.

Stat of the Game
Alabama outrebounded Saint Peter’s by 11 rebounds with 15 of its 32 rebounds coming off the offensive glass. The Tide was successful on 52 percent of its offensive rebounding opportunities. This allowed the Tide to score 14 of its 49 points due to offensive rebounding.

Top Lineup
The five-man unit of Trevor Releford, Charles Hankerson, Jr., Chris Hines, Kendall Durant and Jason Carter posted the biggest scoring differential of the evening by outscoring Saint Peter’s 5-0 during the 2:32 they were on the court together. The Tide used 12 different five-man combinations with six of them outscoring the Peacocks.

Additional Game Notes
- For the first time at the Paradise Jam and the second time this season, Alabama got to the free throw line more than its opponent with a 25-4 advantage. Alabama had just 18 combined attempts in its first two games in St. Thomas to its opponents’ 62.
- UA’s three opponents in St. Thomas shot a combined 23-of-43 (.535) from the three-point arc.
- Alabama held Saint Peter’s without a field goal for the first 6:20 of the second half.
- The game was played at the slowest pace UA has played at this season with the Tide having just 59 possessions, well below its previous average of 70.5 possesions per game.
- A season-high 84.6 percent of the Tide’s baskets came via an assist.

Saint Peter’s +/- Report
Durant  +7
Hankerson  +6
Carter  +5
Eblen  +3
Hines  +3
Green  -3
Releford  -4
Hillman  -7
Davis  -7
Mitchell  -8