Inside the Box Score - vs. Alabama A&M

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Charles Hankerson finished a rebound shy of a double-double with a career-high 16 points and nine rebounds.
Charles Hankerson finished a rebound shy of a double-double with a career-high 16 points and nine rebounds.

Nov. 24, 2011

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Player of the Game
Charles Hankerson, Jr., had arguably his most productive game in an Alabama uniform with a career-high 16 points off the bench. With injuries to JaMychal Green and Tony Mitchell, Hankerson helped lead a bench that stepped up with 47 of the Crimson Tide's 82 points in the win over Alabama A&M. His 16 points came on 5-of-11 shooting from the field, a pair of three-pointers and a 4-of-4  showing from the free-throw line. In addition to his scoring, he hauled in a career-high nine rebounds and five steals. Using the NBA's efficiency stat, Hankerson recorded an efficiency rating of 24, the second highest by a UA player this season.
Turning Point of the Game
The first three minutes of the contest set the tone as the Crimson Tide rolled out to a 10-0 lead. UA imposed its will on both ends of the court as the Tide got eight points from Rodney Cooper and had a possession that began on a Tony Mitchell block and extend to nearly a minute courtesy of three offensive rebounds. Defensively, AAMU's first four possessions resulted in a Carl Engstrom block that forced a shot clock violation, a turnover, a missed three pointer and a backcourt trap that forced an early timeout before an eventual missed shot.
Stat of the Game
While Alabama's defense steals most of the plaudits, and rightfully so, the Tide's offense had one of its most statistically impressive outings of the season. In addition to cracking the 80-point plateau for the first time this season, the offense scored on a season-high 65.3 percent of its possessions. That floor percentage was the 27th highest in the more than 1,300 Division I games that have been played this season. UA averaged 1.2 points for every trip it made down the floor.

Top Lineup
UA used 18 different five-man combinations in the win with 15 of them outscoring Alabama A&M. The starting five of Tony Mitchell, Trevor Releford, Levi Randolph, Rodney Cooper and Carl Engstrom spent the most time on the floor at 4:40 and held the biggest scoring differential by outscoring AAMU, 15-1.
Additional Alabama A&M Game Notes
- The win was Alabama's 23rd consecutive win at home dating back to the 2009-10 season. It is the fifth longest home winning streak in the nation. Alabama has not lost at home in 634 calendar days.
- Alabama was without the services of senior JaMychal Green. Green dressed for the contest but did not play due to a hip pointer suffered in the win over Purdue.
- Tony Mitchell left the game in the first half with a right ankle sprain. His status will continue to be evaluated.
- Alabama begins the season 6-0 for the first time under Anthony Grant and the first time since the 2006-07 season.
- UA improved to 5-0 all-time against Alabama A&M and 28-0 against current members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
- The Tide has won 26 of its last 32 games.
- Carl Engstrom made his first career start in Green's place and hauled in a career-high seven rebounds.
- Freshman Nick Jacobs became the third UA player this season to record a double-double with a career-high 15 points and 10 rebounds.
- Alabama A&M is the third opponent this season to score less than 50 points against the Tide this season. The Bulldogs came into the contest averaging 79.3 points per game.
- Alabama A&M shot just 23.9 percent from the field to become the third opponent this season to shoot less than 30 percent from the field.
- Alabama A&M was held without a field goal for the first 16:05 of the contest and only converted on one of its 17 attempts from the floor.
- UA has now led 50 times at halftime under Grant and is 38-12 in those contests.
- The Tide's 48 first-half points were its most this season and the most since scoring 49 in the first half against Arkansas on Feb. 25, 2009.
- Alabama A&M's 20 first half points tied for the fewest (with Maryland's 20 points last Thursday) by a UA opponent since Florida A&M scored 17 on Nov. 12, 2010.
- UA's defense forced two shot clock violations. The Tide's opponents have now committed five turnovers on shot clock violations this season.
- UA's freshmen scored 30 of the Tide's 48 first half points and 43 of the Tide's 82 total points.
- The Tide's 39-point lead was its largest of the season as were its points in the paint (38), points off turnovers (23) second chance points (20) and fast break points (12).
Alabama A&M +/- Report
Randolph +27
Releford +24
Engstrom +23
Cooper +19
Jacobs +18
Lacey +17
Hankerson +16
Mitchell +15
Blackledge +14
Eblen +12