Nov. 28, 2011
Final Stats |
Player of the Game
JaMychal Green helped keep Alabama’s home winning streak alive with a stellar second half performance that lifted UA over VCU. Green finished with a season-high 21 points and 14 rebounds, his second double-double of the season and the 22nd of his four-year career. Green’s 12th career 20-point game came via 8-of-12 shooting for the game and a 6-of-7 second half.
Green’s played 18 minutes in the second half and scored 16 points with six boards. He started the second stanza with three momentum changing dunks. With eight minutes left in the contest and UA facing a 1-point deficit, Green took over and scored six points with three rebounds and a critical block that prevented VCU from tying the contest with three minutes left.
Play of the Game
With 13 minutes left to play and VCU holding a 50-44 lead courtesy of a 10-2 run Alabama committed what appeared to be another costly turnover. However, as the Rams’ Briante Weber streaked toward the goal alone, Trevor Lacey caught him from behind, tipped the ball loose and corralled the ball near the baseline. UA scored on the two ensuing possessions and put together a 15-7 run that turned a six-point deficit into a two point lead.
Turning Point of the Game
In a game that featured 16 lead changes and 10 ties, it should come as no surprise that the outcome of the game was still in doubt with four minutes to play. However, at that point the Tide’s defense showed why it has been one of the top 10 defenses in the nation that last two seasons. In that four-minute span, UA’s defense allowed just one field goal as the Rams went 1-of-5 from the field and committed two turnover to allow the Tide to pull away for the eight point win.
Top Lineup of the Game
Alabama used 17 five-man combinations in the win over VCU with eight of them outscoring the Rams and four playing even. Of those 17, the combination of Tony Mitchell, Trevor Releford, Trevor Lacey, Rodney Cooper and JaMychal Green was the most productive, outscoring VCU 14-7 during the 5:39 they were on the floor together.
UA’s starting five of Mitchell, Releford, Cooper, Green and Levi Randolph spent the most time together on the court at 6:59 and played the Rams even at 12-12.
Stat of the Game
Alabama scored a season-high 40 points in the paint against VCU and held a 40-24 advantage in the paint. The Tide, paced by JaMychal Green, held a 22-8 edge in the second half and converted on 72.2 percent of its two-point attempts (13-of-18) and 83.3 percent of its attempts in the paint (10-of-12).
Additional Game Notes
- Alabama trailed at halftime for the first time this season and just the ninth time in the last 44 games. Last season, UA was 2-7 when trailing at the half.
- Alabama closed the game on a 13-4 run and allowed just one field goal in the final four minutes.
- UA shot a season-high 52 percent in the win while VCU converted on 40 percent of its shots to match the highest field goal percentage by a UA opponent this season.
- VCU’s average possession lasted 15 seconds. The Tide used, on average, 22 seconds per possession.
- The Rams scored 0.97 points per possession to become just the second team to score more than 0.90 points per possession against the Tide this season.
- UA improves to 7-0 for the first time since 2006-07, 4-0 against VCU and 13-2 against CAA teams.
- The win was Alabama’s 24th straight at home, the nation’s fifth longest home win streak. UA has not lost at home in 638 calendar days.
- UA is also now 4-2 against non-conference foes coming off a Final Four appearance the previous season.
- VCU’s Bradford Burgess scored 18 points, the second most by a UA opponent this season.
- JaMychal Green returned to the starting lineup after being held out against Alabama A&M due to a hip pointer injury. He was joined by Tony Mitchell, Trevor Releford, Levi Randolph and Rodney Cooper. The start was the 98th of Green’s career and the senior needs 11 more starts to enter the top 10 in career games started at UA. It was also the sixth time UA has employed that starting lineup this season.
- VCU’s 33 first-half points were the most an opponent has scored against UA in the opening half. Oakland was the previous leader with 30 points.
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