Inside the Box Score - vs. Detroit

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM JaMychal Green posted his second 20-point game of the season on Sunday.
JaMychal Green posted his second 20-point game of the season on Sunday.

Dec. 12, 2011

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Player of the Game
JaMychal Green returned to form with a 21-point evening against Detroit along with six rebounds. Green had a nearly flawless night, going 7-of-9 from the field (7-of-8 from inside the arc) and 7-of-8 from the free-throw line. The senior did most of his damage in the first half going 6-of-7 from the floor and then scoring seven points from the free-throw line in the second half.

His six rebounds moved him into 15th all-time at UA past Phillip Lockett with 781 career rebounds. Green finished with an efficiency rating of 26, his second highest of the season and the third highest by a UA player this season. In the last four games, Green has shot 26-of-37 (.702) from the field.

Play of the Game
As part of the Tide's run to reclaim control of the game, Tony Mitchell and freshman Levi Randolph combined to deflect a Detroit pass in the far corner. Randolph collected the ball and pushed it up court to classmate Trevor Lacey. Lacey then lobbed the ball towards the rim where Tony Mitchell slammed home his fourth highlight reel dunk of the evening.

Turning Point of the Game
Over the final two minutes of the first half and the first nine minutes of the second half, Detroit trimmed a 22-point Alabama lead to just nine points. However, three straight fouls by Detroit - including a technical - and a turnover allowed the Tide to  quickly tack on five points to take the momentum away from Detroit.

UA extended the lead to 18 points over the next six minutes as the defense held Detroit without a field goal for 9:36 with the Titans going 0-of-8 from the field during that span with four turnovers.

Stat of the Game
After surrendering 10 three pointers on 52.6 percent shooting to Dayton, the Tide clamped down on the perimeter against Detroit holding the Titans without a three-pointer on 12 attempts. Detroit came into the game averaging nearly five three-pointers per game.

It was the first time in Anthony Grant's three seasons at UA an opponent has been held without a three-pointer and the first time since Florida A&M went 0-for-20 on Nov. 19, 2008.

Top Lineup
Alabama used 13 different lineups against Detroit with five of them outscoring the Titans and two playing them even. The five-man unit of Tony Mitchell, Trevor Releford, Rodney Cooper, Trevor Lacey and JaMychal Green was the most productive, outscoring Detroit, 10-4, during the 3:29 they were on the court together. The starting five of Mitchell, Releford, Green, Levi Randolph and Nick Jacobs spent the most time on the floor at 10:56 and held an 18-14 advantage.

Additional Detroit Notes
- Detroit became the seventh UA opponent this season held under 60 points and the sixth to shoot less than 40 percent from the field.
- Detroit's 54 points were its second-fewest of the season. Of UA's 10 opponents this season, six have scored a season-low against UA and three have scored their second fewest of the season against the Tide. Dayton remains the only team that has not scored its fewest or second fewest points of the season against UA.
- The win was head coach Anthony Grant's 50th at the helm of the Crimson Tide. In his third season, Grant owns a 50-29 record at UA.
- Freshman Nick Jacobs made his first career start and responded with 13 points, two shy of a career-high.
- Detroit averaged 0.90 points per possession to become the eighth opponent that failed to average a point per possession or more against the Tide.
- UA improved to 4-2 against current members of the Horizon League and 2-0 all-time against Detroit.
- UA improved to 5-1 at home this season and has won 25 of its last 26 games at Coleman Coliseum.
- Tony Mitchell recorded four dunks and finished with 15 points. The junior now has 993 career points and is on the cusp of becoming the 45th 1,000-point scorer in UA history.
- Mitchell's four dunks gave him 19 on the season.
- Alabama led at halftime for 51st time under Anthony Grant. UA is 39-12 in those previous contests when holding a lead. Last season the Tide was 22-3 when up at halftime and the team is 7-0 this season.
- UA held a 30-24 advantage in the paint and has outscored eight of its opponents this season and played the other two even. In its last five games, UA has held a combined 174-122 advantage in the paint.

Detroit +/- Report
Green  +15
Releford  +10
Lacey  +7
Jacobs  +5
Cooper  +4
Randolph  +4
Mitchell  +3
Hankerson  0
Eblen  -3
Engstrom  -5