Men's Basketball Falls To Georgetown, 57-55
Alabama 55, Georgetown 57 [Box Score]
Tony Mitchell- 20
Jason Clark- 22
Tony Mitchell- 9
Hollis Thompson- 8
Trevor Releford- 9
Henry Sims- 2
Tony Mitchell- 2
Dec. 1, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - In a game that came down to the final shot, the University of Alabama men's basketball team came up just short against Georgetown Thursday in the Big East/SEC Challenge, falling 57-55, and snapping its 24-game home winning streak.
Junior forward Tony Mitchell led the way for No. 12 Alabama (6-1, 0-0 SEC) with 20 points and nine rebounds. Senior forward JaMychal Green added 13 points and four rebounds, while sophomore guard Trevor Releford logged nine points and five assists. Freshmen guard Trevor Lacey chipped in eight points and three rebounds off the bench.
"Give Georgetown credit," UA head coach Anthony Grant said. "I thought they played extremely well. Obviously there were some timely shots at the end there. A big shot at the end won the game."
Alabama opened with a 7-2 run, but the Hoyas closed the gap, drawing even at 16-16 with 4:57 remaining in the half. The Hoyas went on a 7-0 run to end the half with a 23-16 advantage.
Junior forward Tony Mitchell energized the crowd to start the second half with a trio of dunks, two on put-backs and one off a steal and fast break, within the first three minutes of the half. Mitchell's 10 points early in the second half helped narrow the Hoyas' lead to a single point with 9:25 remaining in the game.
Down by nine with just under three minutes to play, the Tide came roaring back, pulling within one with 55 seconds left on the clock before taking the lead for the first time since the 8:14 mark in the first half at 55-54 on a pair of Releford free throws, with 12.7 seconds left.
On the last possession, Georgetown senior guard Jason Clark hit a deep three-point shot to win the game, 57-55.
Georgetown (6-1, 0-0 Big East) was led by Clark, who recorded 22 points on seven-of-11 shooting, including four three-pointers. With the win, Georgetown now has a 3-2 lead in the all-time series.
After three games at home, the Tide returns to the road, traveling to Ohio to take on the University of Dayton on December 7 at 6:00 p.m. (CST).