Dec. 1, 2010
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- The University of Alabama men's basketball team improved its record to 4-3 with a 72-50 victory over South Alabama Wednesday night at Coleman Coliseum. Sophomore forward Tony Mitchell
led the way for Alabama with his second straight double-double by recording a game-high 20 points and 13 rebounds.
"The guys did a great job of turning up the pressure, creating turnovers and getting us out in transition," Alabama head coach Anthony Grant said. "Our guys just felt better once they got out in transition and once we were able to get some easy baskets and extend the lead. I think it just flowed from there."
Senior guard Chavrez Davis scored 15 points and had a career-high four steals, while senior guard Senario Hillman added 14 points for the Tide. Senior forward Chris Hines collected eight points and a career-high five blocks.
Alabama shot a season-high 54 percent (28-of-52) from the field, and 40 percent (4-of-10) from beyond the arc. The Crimson Tide's bench outscored the Jaguars' bench 26-6 and as a team led by as many as 25 points.
"In our style of play things can change quickly," Grant explained. "We're learning those lessons and we're pleased today that we were able to get the win. The numbers that we put up from a defensive standpoint, obviously there are a lot of areas where we can get better."
Alabama and South Alabama kept it close through the first part of the match. The Tide didn't score its first basket until 2:45 into the game with a three-pointer by Mitchell. The Jaguars were able to dominate the paint early with 12 of their 13 points coming from the interior.
Alabama took its first lead of the game with 11:17 left in the first half with a three by Davis. Leading 14-13, the Tide was able to ignite a 14-6 run with a spark from its bench. In the first half, Alabama and South Alabama combined for a total of 19 turnovers.
Leading 33-23 at the break, Alabama never let South Alabama get closer than eight points for the rest of the contest. The Tide outscored the Jaguars 20-8 over a span of 10:20 in the second half, and used a couple of highlight reels to cement the win for the Crimson Tide.
"It was all about getting out and running and doing what we do best," Hines said. "We're a better team when we're in transition and scoring, especially at home with the crowd behind us I feel like when we get the crowd in the game we can beat anybody."
Guiding the way for the Jaguars was Augustine Rubio, who had eight points and a team-high 13 rebounds. Martino Brock tallied 11 points while Javier Carter closely followed with 10.
This was South Alabama's first trip to Tuscaloosa, and first match-up between the two programs since the Tide defeated the Jaguars 59-45 back in 1999. The Crimson Tide now leads the all-time series against the Jaguars 2-1.
"We want to improve and every game brings different challenges," Grant said. "We're excited that we were able to handle what this game brought now we have to get prepared for the next one."
Through seven games, Mitchell is leading the Tide in points (97) and rebounds (64). Davis is now shooting 38 percent (14-of-37) from the three-point line this season.
Alabama will next be seen on the road facing No.22 Purdue this Saturday, Dec. 4. Tipoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. CT.