Dec. 5, 2010
Player of the Game
Playing in his first collegiate game on a hostile floor, freshman Trevor Releford performed admirably in one of the toughest arenas in college basketball. In 30 minutes of action playing point guard and facing 94 feet of defensive pressure, he finished with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting and two of the team’s eight assists. Eight of his 12 points came in the second half including four in the first three minutes of the second half as he tried to erase a 10-point halftime deficit. He tallied the second highest efficiency rating on the team in the game and out of the starting five, boasted the top +/- rating with Purdue outscoring the Tide by just seven points during the 30 minutes he was on the floor.
Play of the Game
The Crimson Tide’s play of the game came midway through the first quarter when Charvez Davis and Tony Mitchell forced a Purdue turnover at midcourt with Davis collecting the loose ball and tossing a baseball pass to Senario Hillman at the top of the key. Hillman put up a lob pass for a streaking Mitchell to dunk and put the cap on an 8-0 run that gave the Tide a 3-point, 16-13, lead with 8:30 to play in the half.
Turning Point of the Game
Purdue’s historically staunch defense lived up to its reputation by holding the Tide without a field goal for nearly seven minutes to go on a 17-0 run that turned a three-point Alabama lead into a 14-point deficit that it would never fully recover from.
Stat of the Game
Alabama struggled to score for most of the game and averaged a season-low 0.73 points per possession. It was just the second time this season the Tide averaged less than a point per possession. Had the Tide scored at its season average of 1.01 points per possession, it would have scored approximately 65 points, making the complexion of Saturday’s 66-47 loss much different.
The Tide used 15 different five-man lineups against Purdue with three of them managing to outscore the Boilermakers. The combination of Tony Mitchell, Trevor Releford, Charvez Davis, Chris Hines and Kendall Durant posted the top mark on the day by outscoring Purdue by eight points during the 4:04 they were on the floor together. The starting lineup of Mitchell, Releford, Senario Hillman, Hines and Charles Hankerson, Jr. spent a game-high 8:13 together on the court and were outscored 16-14 during that span.
Additional Game Notes
• Purdue’s 17-0 run was the biggest surrendered by the Tide this season.
• Tony Mitchell finished one rebound shy of his third straight double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds. In the last three games, Mitchell is averaging 15.3 points and 12.3 rebounds per game.
• Purdue became the sixth opponent and third straight that UA has held to 40 percent or less shooting from the field.
• Purdue’s E’Twaun Moore is only the second player to score 20 or more points against the Tide this season.
• The Boilermakers take a 5-2 lead in the all-time series and have won two straight over the Tide.
Purdue +/- Report