Inside the Box Score - vs. Alabama A&M

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Tony Mitchell posted the Tide's first double-double of the season against Alabama A&M.
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Tony Mitchell posted the Tide's first double-double of the season against Alabama A&M.
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Nov. 28, 2010

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Player of the Game
Tony Mitchell wasted little time in setting the tone for the game scoring on Alabama's first possession of the game en route to his fourth career double-double with 12 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. He was one of four Crimson Tide players in double figures and was second on the team in efficiency with a rating of 17. He nearly hit double digits in rebounds in the first half alone with nine and all three of his offensive rebounds. The Tide scored four points as a result of his work on the offensive glass and half of the 12 possessions that began with one of his defensive boards led to points. The game was another in Mitchell's string of strong performances as the sophomore has scored in double figures every game this season and is averaging 12.8 points and a team-high 8.5 rebounds per game.

Play of the Game
With just under 13 minutes to play in the second half, Alabama A&M floated a pass to near midcourt along the sideline where a streaking Charvez Davis picked off the pass in the midair. Davis charged to the right side of the goal but when his progress was impeded by a defender at the block, he flipped an over-the-shoulder pass to a trailing Ben Eblen who went in for the uncontested left-handed layup and two of his career-high six points. The play gave the Tide a 30-point, 54-24, lead.

Turning Point of the Game
Alabama A&M pulled within two points at 11-9 with 15:20 left in the first half but the momentum would quickly shift as the Tide would hold the Bulldogs without a field goal for 11:46 to outscore AAMU 22-5 during that span. At one point, the Tide went on a 14-0 run, its largest run of the season.

Stat of the Game
Alabama held a 15-rebound advantage on the glass hauling in 42 rebounds, its second most of the season. The Tide only held a +5 advantage on the offensive glass, but capitalized on 40 percent of its offensive rebounding opportunities while limiting Alabama A&M success to only 22 percent.

Top Lineup
The Tide used a season-high 20 different five-man units with the starting five of Trevor Releford, Senario Hillman, Charles Hankerson, Jr., Chris Hines and Tony Mitchell leading the way by outscoring AAMU, 19-13, during the 11:59 they were on the court together. Of the 20 different lineups used, 18 outscored the Bulldogs.

Additional Notes
• Alabama used its third different starting lineup of the season with freshmen Trevor Releford, Charles Hankerson, Jr., seniors Senario Hillman, Chris Hines and sophomore Tony Mitchell. The start was team-high a 61st for Hillman and the first for Hankerson.
• The team outscored AAMU, 40-22, in the paint and has now outscored its six opponents by an average of 16 points per game.
Trevor Releford dished out a career-high seven assists.
• In addition to his 15 points, senior Senario Hillman added three steals to give him 139 in his career and move him just one steal away from seventh all-time at UA.
• Alabama A&M's 15 first-half turnovers were most by a UA opponent in the first half this season. Seton Hall's 10 was the previous high.
• After committing 12 first-half turnovers, the Tide coughed the ball up just five times in the second half.
• Alabama A&M is the fourth opponent UA has held to less than 40 percent shooting this season.
• The Tide converted on 56.8 of its two-point attempts.
• Alabama improved to 4-0 against Alabama A&M, 27-0 against the SWAC and 77-8-1 against non-conference in-state opponents all-time.

Alabama A&M Plus/Minus Report
Hillman  +22
Davis  +20
Engstrom  +20
Mitchell  +17
Eblen  +15
Releford  +11
Hines  +9
Carter  +2
Hankerson  +2
Luquire  0
Durant  -5