Charleston Southern vs. Alabama - Postgame Notes



Nov. 23, 2012

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- Alabama and Charleston Southern played for the first time in series history on Friday night. It is the second time this season the Crimson Tide has squared off against an opponent for the first time in series history (South Dakota State on Nov. 9).

- Alabama's starting five of Trevor Releford, Trevor Lacey, Carl Engstrom, Levi Randolph and Devonta Pollard marked the third different starting five in UA's five contests this season.

- Sophomore guard Rodney Cooper did not dress Friday night due to shoulder tendinitis.

- With the win tonight, Alabama improves to 5-0 for the second consecutive season under head coach Anthony Grant. It marks the first time since the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons that the Crimson Tide has started back-to-back campaigns with wins in each of the first five contests.

- Junior Trevor Releford continued his recent hot streak. Fresh off earning SEC Player of the Week honors this past week, Releford went for a game-high 22 points in the win over Charleston Southern. Over his last two contests, the Kansas City, Mo., native has accounted for 47 points (23.5 ppg), and has shot 15-of-25 (.600) from the floor and 9-of-13 (.692) from three-point range.

- Alabama held a 36-27 lead en route to the the 59-46 victory. The Crimson Tide is now 4-0 when leading at halftime this season.

- The Crimson Tide finished with a season-best 17 assists and seven blocks on the night.

- Sophomore Trevor Lacey finished with a career-best five steals in the contest - all of which came in the first half. He closed the game with nine points, six assists and five rebounds, to go along with the five takeaways.

- Junior center Carl Engstrom received the start against Charleston Southern. Playing in his 51st game of his career, tonight marks his first start of the year and just the second of his career. He responded by finishing with a career-best eight rebounds, to go along with six points, two blocks and two steals.

- Devonta Pollard also set a new career-best with seven rebounds and matched his career-best scoring output with nine points on the night.