Men's Basketball Upsets No. 15 Michigan, 68-66 to Close Out Old Spice Classic
Nov. 29, 2009
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - After being down by as many as 13 points in the first half, Alabama battled back to beat No. 15 Michigan 68-66 in the Crimson Tide's final game of the Old Spice Classic. Alabama took its first lead of the game with 7:30 left in the second half at 51-50 and the game see-sawed back and forth from that point on.
"When you get a game that's highly contested during the month of November that speaks volumes about college basketball," Alabama head coach Anthony Grant said. "I'm really proud of our guys and the effort they put forth. Our guys had to stay together and stay the course and we overcame some things today that was a great growing experience for our team."
Alabama's Justin Knox knotted the game at 66-66 on a free throw with 50 seconds left in the game before sophomore JaMychal Green put the Tide up for good with a dunk with five seconds left and followed that up by blocking Michigan's final shot to close the game.
"I was just at the right place at the right time," Green said. "When the layup popped out I just hoped it came to my side. On the defensive end I had a play on the ball and I tried not to make a foul at the end of the game."
Three Alabama players finished the game in double figures led by Green's 20 points. He also led the team with seven rebounds. Green led the Tide in scoring in all three games of the Classic scoring a total of 51 points. Junior Charvez Davis scored in a dozen points while senior Mikhail Torrance dropped in 11.
The win marked Alabama's first victory against a top-20 team this season. The Tide, now 2-1 all-time against the Wolverines, goes to 4-2 on the season while Michigan falls to 3-2. The Tide opened the tournament with a 79-76 win against Baylor followed by a 60-51 loss to Florida State in the second round.
The Tide hit eight of 17 three-point attempts in the game, shooting .471 from behind the arc while Michigan made just six of their 25 attempts, shooting less than 25 percent. The Wolverine's Manny Harris led all the game with 26 points and 10 rebounds.
Alabama returns home Wednesday, Dec. 2 to take on North Florida at 7 p.m. in Coleman Coliseum.
Green finished with 20 points, seven rebounds and four blocks in the win over the Wolverines for his second 20-point performance of the tournament. On Thursday against Baylor, he led all scorers with 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting in the 79-76 win and had nine points, a team-high, in Friday’s 60-51 loss to eventual tourney champion Florida State.
He finished the tournament averaging 17.0 points and 7.0 rebounds (4.0 offensive), per game with six blocks five steals and converted on 59.9 percent of his attempts from the field.
2009 Old Spice Classic All-Tournament Team