Men's Basketball Defeats Detroit, 62-54
Alabama 62, Detroit 54 [Box Score]
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The No. 16/15 Alabama men's basketball team improved to 8-2 on the season with a 62-54 win over the Detroit Titans on Sunday at Coleman Coliseum.
Senior forward JaMychal Green scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Crimson Tide while junior forward Tony Mitchell added 15 points and eight rebounds. Freshman forward Nick Jacobs, who earned his first career start on Sunday, scored 13 points for UA.
"Obviously it's good to be back in the win column," Alabama head coach Anthony Grantsaid. "I thought tonight we came out with great energy and great focus. I think the first half, from a defensive stand point, was exactly what we needed. Going against a team as talented as Detroit was, coming off two great wins, we knew how they would come in and we had to do a great job on the defensive end and I thought our guys were really focused to start the game."
The Alabama defense held Detroit to just 17-of-53 shooting (32.1%) on the day, including 0-for-12 from beyond the three-point arc. The Crimson Tide never trailed during the game and led by as many as 22 points. Mitchell and Green combined for 36 points on 14-of-23 shooting (60.8%), including a spectacular 14-of-18 (77.7%) on two-point attempts, to go along with a combined 14 rebounds.
Alabama started the game strong, opening with a 12-1 run over the first five-plus minutes in which four of the Tide's five starters got in on the early scoring action.
Alabama stretched the advantage to 18 points midway through the first half before taking its biggest lead of the game, 38-16, at the 2:09 juncture. Green and Mitchell led the way for the Tide during the stretch, combining for 23 points on 11-of-13 shooting.
Following the Alabama scoring barrage, Detroit reeled off six straight points over the final two minutes to make the halftime score 38-22.
A 13-6 run to open the second half helped the Titans cut the UA lead to single digits at 44-35, but Detroit would get no closer the rest of the way until their final bucket which set the Tide's winning margin at eight.
Alabama travels to Kansas City, Mo. for its next game where it takes on Kansas State on Dec. 17. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. (CST)