Inside the Box Score - at Providence

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM The Tide's defense had 11 steals at Providence.
The Tide's defense had 11 steals at Providence.

Dec. 12, 2010

Recap |  Box Score

Player of the Game
Tony Mitchell continued his stellar December by matching a season-high with 20 points in 31 minutes of action. The sophomore did most of his damage in the opening half where he scored 15 of the Crimson Tide’s 40 points on 7-of-10 shooting. He finished the game 9-of-15 from the field and added six rebounds (four offensive) with two steals. In the Tide’s last four games, he has averaged 16.5 points and 10.8 rebounds per game while connecting on 55.6 percent of his shots. Mitchell finished the contest with an efficiency rating of 18, the second best of the contest behind Providence’s Marshon Brooks.

Play of the Game
With the Tide staring down a potential four-point halftime deficit following a pair of Providence free throws, JaMychal Green tried to help narrow that margin. On the ensuing possession, the Tide slowly brought the ball up the court and, facing little pressure at the top of the arc, freshman Trevor Releford tossed a perfect lob pass to an airborne JaMychal Green who was freed from the defense by a Charvez Davis screen. Green slammed the ball home to trim the margin to two and a pair of Releford free throws moments later tied the game at 40-40 heading into halftime.

Turning Point of the Game
With eight minutes to play the Tide led by one point, 62-61, when Providence’s Marshon Brooks started a barrage that the Tide couldn’t recover from. A Brooks jumper returned the lead to the Friars followed by a three-point play and a total of 19 points gave PC its largest lead of the game at 78-64 with 3:08 left to play courtesy of a 19-3 run. Brooks scored 11 of his points during that run.

Stat of the Game
Senario Hillman recorded a season-high five steals to give him 147 career steals and move him within two steals of sixth all-time at UA. Hillman had nearly half of the Tide’s 11 steals as the squad forced 16 turnovers and converted those into 24 points. All five of Hillman’s steals led to points for UA with the team scoring nine points off his steals.

Top Lineup
Alabama used 13 different five-man units on the floor with five of them outscoring the Friars. The lineup of Trevor Releford, Senario Hillman, Chris Hines, Charvez Davis and JaMychal Green was the most productive, outscoring PC, 17-11, in the 5:01 they were on the court together. The starting five of Tony Mitchell, Releford, Hillman, Chris Hines and Davis spent a team-high 7:18 on the floor and were outscored 15-11 in that span.

Additional Game Notes
- Charvez Davis made his first career start for the Tide and finished the game with five points.
- The game was played at the fastest pace UA has played this season with the team having 75 possessions.
- Providence connected on 46.7 percent of its shots, the second-highest percentage UA has surrendered this season.
- JaMychal Green recorded his first double-double of the season and the 14th of his career with 15 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.
- Alabama shot 48.1 percent from inside the three-point arc.
- UA held a 16-13 advantage on the offensive glass and capitalized on 40.5 percent of its offensive rebounding opportunities to Providence’s 31.3 percent.

Providence +/- Report
Carter  +4
Engstrom  +4
Hankerson  +4
Releford  +0
Eblen  -6
Hillman  -7
Green  -10
Davis  -13
Mitchell  -15
Hines  -21