Dec. 2, 2010
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Player of the Game
Charvez Davis was second in scoring for the Crimson Tide with 15 points on a near-perfect 6-of-7 night from the field that saw him go 3-of-4 from three-point range in the opening half. He also recorded a career-high four steals in just 22 minutes of action to help UA score a season-high 23 points off turnovers. The first salvo in this three-point barrage came at a critical juncture as he struck at 11:17 to give the Tide its first lead of the game. Less than three minutes later he connected again as part of an 11-1 run that gave UA its biggest lead of the game to that point. Additionally, one his four steals led the eventual play of the game for the Tide.
The Tide outscored USA by an 18-point margin during his 22 minutes for the highest plus/minus rating of the evening and his efficiency rating of 19 was second on the squad.
Play of the Game
With 12:20 left in the contest, Charvez Davis tipped a ball loose in the corner and as he was diving out of bounds to save the ball passed it to Ben Eblen. Eblen pushed the ball up the court on the fastbreak and delivered a beautiful floating alley-oop pass to an elevating Tony Mitchell. Mitchell put the finishing touches on the play with his biggest of three dunks on the evening to cap a 10-0 run for the Tide.
“It seemed like he paused in mid air before he threw it down,” head coach Anthony Grant said of Mitchell’s dunk. “I don't think you see that very often so that was a good moment and it was ignited by the spurt we had on the defensive end.”
Stat of the Game
Charvez Davis posted an effective shooting percentage (taking into account the added value of the three-point shot) of 107 percent. Of the nearly 2,000 college basketball games played this season, that effective field goal percentage is the sixth best by a player this season and the fourth best against a Division I opponent.
Turning Point of the Game
South Alabama found itself within three possessions with 16 minutes to play but USA’s Allyn Cooks committed a foul that put Senario Hillman on the line. Hillman sank both shots which served as the cornerstone for a 10-0 run that spanned 3:39. The Tide converted on 4-of-5 shots during this span and forced five turnovers while USA was 0-of-4 from the field.
The Tide used 15 different five-man combinations with 11 outscoring the Jaguars. The most productive line was the unit of Tony Mitchell, Ben Eblen, Trevor Releford, Senario Hillman and Chris Hines who outscored UA by an 11-5 margin during the 4:04 they were on the floor together.
The starting five of Mitchell, Hillman, Hines, Releford and Charles Hankerson, Jr. spent the most time on the floor with 8:54 of action but were actually outscored by a 13-9 margin.
Additional Game Notes
• Tony Mitchell recorded his second straight double-double and the fifth of his career with 20 points and 13 rebounds. His 20 points was three shy of a career high.
• Charvez Davis has now hit three or more three-pointers in four games this season and has made six of his last 10 attempts.
• The Tide’s defense forced three shot-clock violations in the game.
• Alabama committed a season-high 22 turnovers and coughed the ball up on 31 percent of its possessions.
• The Tide scored a season-high 23 points off turnovers, forcing 19 USA miscues.
• Despite facing a 17-12 deficit on the offensive glass, UA actually on a higher percentage of its offensive rebounding opportunities, hauling in 40 percent of the possible offensive boards.
• Alabama has scored 70 or more points in all four of its wins.
• Senior Chris Hines finished with a career-high five blocks.
• Alabama shot 53.8 percent from the field, its highest percentage of the season.
• Senario Hillman had two steals to move into sole possession of seventh all-time at UA with 141 steals.
• All of USA’s first six field goals were a result of Alabama turnovers of USA offensive rebounds.
• After missing its first five shots from the field, UA responded by shooting 66.7 percent for the remainder of the first half.
• USA led for 9:56 of the first half, the third longest period any opponent has led against UA in an entire game this season.
• The Tide improved to 2-1 against USA, 31-2 against current members of the Sun Belt and 78-8-1 against in-state, non-conference foes.
South Alabama +/- Report