Dec. 2, 2009
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The win was Alabama's third when trailing at halftime this season. Last season Alabama only overcame a halftime deficit once.
Freshman Tony Mitchell scored 17 points, the second most of his career, with seven rebounds before leaving the game with a left knee injury with 9:25 to play.
Mitchell was 7-of-9 from the floor and a perfect 3-of-3 from three-point range. He and Charvez Davis combined to hit six of the Tide's nine three-pointers.
Alabama closed the game with a 21-8 run over the last 10 minutes and held UNF without a field goal for the final 4:03 of the contest.
Alabama finished the game shooting 41.7 percent and 51.7 percent in the second half alone.
With 13:24 left to play, Alabama had already made a season-high nine three-pointers and attempted a season-high 18. UA finished with 20 three-point attempts.
Ben Eblen scored his first field goal since the November 17 game against Jackson State.
Chris Dixon, a practice squad player from Montgomery, Ala., saw his first action of the season dressing for the injured Andrew Steele. Dixon played one minute at the conclusion of the game. Steele is out indefinitely with a lower left leg injury.
Alabama used its third starting lineup of the season with Anthony Brock returning to the starting five joined by Mikhail Torrance, Senario Hillman, JaMychal Green and freshman Tony Mitchell making his first start.
Nine of Alabama's first 11 points came off North Florida Turnovers.
The diminutive Anthony Brock recorded his second career block with 15:45 left in the half.
Alabama shot 46.7 percent from three-point range in the half, but just 18.8 percent (3-of-16) from inside the arc.
Greg Cage logged his first minutes of the season, entering the game with 6:32 left in the opening half.
Charvez Davis' three pointer with 5:15 left in the half snapped a 5:35 scoreless span for the Tide in which UNF went on a 7-0 run.
North Florida took its first lead of the game on an Eni Cuka three-pointer with 1:14 left in the half. Stan Januska added to that lead with another three-pointer on the next trip down the floor to give the Ospreys a 10-run before a Tony Mitchell three-pointer as time expired accounted for the 31-30 halftime score.