Inside the Box Score - vs. Georgetown

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Tony Mitchell finished a rebound shy of a double-double on Thursday.
Tony Mitchell finished a rebound shy of a double-double on Thursday.

Dec. 2, 2011

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Player of the Game
Tony Mitchell recorded his second 20-point performance of the season and the 12th of his career with a team-high 20 points and nine rebounds in the loss to Georgetown. Sixteen of those points came in the second half as he helped Alabama claw its way back from a first-half deficit. Mitchell connected on seven of his nine attempts from the field and never left the court in the second half

He opened the second half with three momentum changing dunks that energized the sellout crowd and keyed a 9-3 UA run to open the half and trim the Georgetown lead to one with just under 18 minutes to play.

“Tony Mitchell is a terrific basketball player,” Georgetown head coach John Thompson III said following the game. “He’s a diverse player. He can do a lot of different things and is very explosive. Coach Grant does a great job of getting the ball to him in order for them to have success.”

Play of the Game
After what could have proved to be a costly turnover, Alabama’s defense forced a missed shot on defense and Trevor Releford corralled the long rebound before instantly turning and pushing the ball upcourt. As he streaked toward the left side of the goal he lobbed the ball up to a sprinting Tony Mitchell who brought the Coleman Coliseum crowd to its feet with the finish to trim Georgetown’s lead to two, 33-31 with 13:11 left to play.

Turning Point of the Game
While the contest came down to the final possession, the game was potentially decided in the final eight minutes of the first half when Georgetown went on a 10-2 run to close the half and take a 23-16 lead into the locker room. While the Tide was able to fight back from that deficit in the second half, it provided what proved to be a big enough cushion for the Hoyas to hold off the Tide. During that span, UA was 1-of-7 from the field with three turnovers.

Top Lineup
Alabama used 13 different lineups in the game with four of them outscoring the Hoyas and two playing them even. UA’s most productive lineup in terms of total scoring advantage was the unit of Tony Mitchell, JaMychal Green, Trevor Releford, Trevor Lacey and Levi Randolph that outscored Georgetown 21-13 during the 7:59 they were together on the court. However, the starting five of Mitchell, Green, Releford, Randolph and Rodney Cooper amassed a seven-point, 9-2, lead in just four minutes on the court.

Stat of the Game
Alabama’s second half shooting gave the Tide a chance to pull off the comeback as the squad shot 54.2 percent in the half by making 13 of its 24 attempts. That effort was led by the frontcourt of Mitchell and JaMychal Green who combined to go 10-of-12 from the field in the half. From inside the arc, the team shot 58.8 percent and has now converted on exactly 58 percent of its two-point attempts in the second half of its last two games.

Additional Georgetown Game Notes
- Tony Mitchell also finished with five dunks to lead the Tide with 14 this season.
- The sellout crowd of 15,383 was the Tide’s first of the season and its first non-conference sellout since Jan. 4, 2003 when the No. 1 ranked Tide hosted Xavier.
- JaMychal Green’s 13 points gives him 1,399 in his career and moves him into 18th all-time in scoring at UA past Mike Nordholz.
- Georgetown became the sixth team this season that failed to score 60 points against the Tide. The Hoyas came into the game averaging 82.0 points per game.
- The loss snapped the Tide’s 24-game home winning streak that dated back to Feb. 27, 2010.
- UA fell to 2-3 all-time against the Hoyas in the first game contested on a home court between the two programs.
- Alabama is now 24-27 all-time against current members of the Big East.
- UA held a 28-20 advantage in the paint and has outscored its last three opponents by a combined 106-62 in the paint.
- Georgetown’s nine-point second half lead was the largest UA has faced this season.
- Trevor Releford recorded a season-high five assists.
- UA’s 55 points were a season low.
- Georgetown became the first opponent this season to average more than a point per possession against UA at 1.02 points per possession.
- Jason Clark’s 22 points for Georgetown were the most an opposing player has scored against UA this season.
- Trevor Lacey’s charge drawn was his team-best sixth of the season.
- UA’s defense forced its sixth shot-clock violation of the season.

Georgetown +/- Report
Green +10
Randolph +4
Releford +1
Mitchell -2
Lacey -2
Cooper -2
Eblen -2
Hankerson -3
Jacobs -14