Men's Basketball Beats Alabama A&M, 76-50

Nov. 27, 2010

Alabama 76, Alabama A&M 50 [Box Score]
Alabama's defense held A&M to 35.2 percent shooting.
Alabama 38 38 76
Alabama A&M 21 29 50
 Quick Stats
 Stats  Alabama  Alabama A&M
FG (Made/Attempts) 31-60 19-54
3P (Made/Attempts) 6-17 5-16
FT (Made/Attempts) 8-13 7-11
Fouls (tech/flagrant) 13 13
 Game Leaders
 Stats  Alabama  Alabama A&M
Points Hillman - 15 Hester - 15
Rebounds Mitchell - 12 Tabb - 10
Assists Releford - 7 Hester - 3
Steals Hankerson, Hillman - 3 Hester - 3
Blocks Hines, Engstrom - 1 Three - 1
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama men's basketball team evened its record at 3-3 following a 76-50 win over Alabama A&M Saturday at Coleman Coliseum.

Senior guard Senario Hillman led a balanced Crimson Tide scoring attack with a game-high 15 points. Sophomore forward Tony Mitchell notched his first double-double of the season with a 12-point, 15-rebound performance, helping overcome the absence of junior JaMychal Green who is suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team. Senior guard Charvez Davis scored 11 points, while senior forward Chris Hines added 10 points and 7 rebounds for Alabama.

"It's certainly nice to get the win today," UA head coach Anthony Grant said. "I was proud of the effort our guys came out with today. It's always good to get back on the floor. We were able to come out today and to come out with the energy that we did to start the game and were able to build the lead. I thought it was good for our guys."

The Crimson Tide led by as many as 31 points in the second half as 10 of the 11 Alabama players who saw action played at least ten minutes. Alabama shot 51.7 percent (31-of-60) from the field while holding the Bulldogs to just 35.2 percent (19-of-54) shooting. The Tide also held a sizeable advantage down low, outrebounding Alabama A&M by a 42-27 margin and outscoring them, 40-22, in points in the paint.

Alabama started the second half on a 10-0 run after leading 38-21 at halftime. The Tide expanded the margin to 31 points at the 10:24 juncture before coasting home for the win. Sophomore guard Ben Eblen, freshman guard Charles Hankerson, Jr. and freshman forward Jason Carter combined for 18 of the Tide's 38 second-half points.

"It's great to get back to winning," Hillman said. "We've just got to keep on going out, trying to get wins and playing hard every game."

The Tide held the Alabama A&M scoreless for over eight minutes in the game's first stanza and held a more than two-to-one rebounding advantage. Cornelius Hester led Alabama A&M (2-2) with 15 points.

Up next, Alabama hosts South Alabama Dec. 1 at Coleman Coliseum. Tip-off is scheduled for approximately 7:30 p.m. or 30 minutes following the earlier women's contest.