Men's Basketball Downs Louisiana-Monroe, 74-46
Dec. 5, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks 74-46 in men's basketball action Saturday at Coleman Coliseum.
Junior Senario Hillman and sophomore JaMychal Green led a balanced Crimson Tide scoring attack with 12 points each. Senior Mikhail Torrance and junior Charvez Davis both added 11 points. Alabama improves to 6-2 while ULM falls to 3-5.
"I thought today we did a very good job of sharing the basketball," said UA head coach Anthony Grant. "I thought we did a very good job from a defensive standpoint of taking away the strengths of their team, as we identified them to our players. I thought they were alert and aware, and I thought we played with good energy today. If you can play unselfishly, play hard, play with energy and play with purpose you're going to have a chance to be successful. What that means for our next game, I really don't know. We've just go to continue to try to get better and to continue to try to control the things we can control."
The Crimson Tide began the game with a 16-1 run that spanned 5:20 of the first half to seize control from the tipoff. Alabama connected on seven of its first nine shots and held the Warhawks without a field goal until the 13:59 mark of the first half. Senior Anthony Brock scored all eight of his points during the stretch, including a pair of three-point baskets.
"I thought we did a good job of focusing on this game and tonight," Davis said. "We needed to get better and I think that we came out and did that."
The Crimson Tide expanded the margin to 32-13 before settling on a 38-23 halftime lead. Alabama scored 15 points off 11 ULM turnovers with Torrance garnering seven of his game-high nine assists in the first half.
Alabama led by as many as 31 in the second half and held a working margin of no less than 16, getting easy buckets againstWarhawks. The Crimson Tide finished the game with a season high seven dunks led by freshman Tony Mitchell, who scored all eight of his points courtesy of four slam dunks.
"We came out and made plays and didn't let off," Mitchell said. "We created some turnovers and I was able to get free a little bit."
Mitchell also had six steals, tying for the sixth most in a game in UA history.
Alabama was able to empty its bench early against the Warhawks as no Crimson Tide player garnered more than 28 minutes of action. Alabama notched a season high 17 assists compared to only five for ULM. Additionally, the Crimson Tide turned the ball over only nine times while forcing a season high 23 turnovers from the Warhawks.
"I thought that was the difference in the game," Grant said. "I thought our energy in the press tonight was very good. We were able to speed them up a little bit and we were fortunate to get some turnovers and some easy baskets. Obviously, for our style of play, if we can create some easy baskets that's something that helps our cause in terms of the way we want the game played. I thought from the very beginning we set the tempo for the game, and I thought that was critical to us being able to have the success we did today."
The 46 points and 17-of-48 (35.4 percent) shooting were both season lows for Crimson Tide opponents in 2009.
Lawrence Gilbert was the only ULM player to notch double digits with 10 points.
Alabama returns to action on Dec. 12 against No. 4/6 Purdue at Coleman Coliseum. The game is set for an 8 p.m. (CST) tip-off and will be televised by ESPN2.