Dec. 15, 2010
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Junior forward JaMychal Green scored 16 points and pulled down 15 rebounds, notching his second consecutive double-double of the season, to lead the Alabama men's basketball team (5-5) to a 59-38 win over the Southeastern Louisiana Lions (5-3) Wednesday at Coleman Coliseum.
Freshman point guard Trevor Releford scored 10 points to go along with three assists while senior guards Senario Hillman and Charvez Davis each had eight points.
"I thought it was a great effort by our guys," UA head coach Anthony Grant said. "Southeastern Louisiana is a very dangerous shooting team. I thought our guys did a great job taking away the three-point line in the first half and the ones that they did get were somewhat rushed."
The Crimson Tide held Southeastern Louisiana to a season-low 20.3 percent (12-of-59) shooting on the night, including just 12.5 percent (4-of-32) in the second half. The 38 points by the Lions were the second-fewest of the Anthony Grant era, tying the 38 points allowed versus LSU on Jan. 27, 2010, in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide allowed a season-low 37 points versus Florida A&M in the season opener.
"We are fortunate when you look at what they are capable of," Grant said. "To hold them 20 percent from the field and 22 percent from the three-point line, those are major numbers."
Green added three assists and two blocks in addition to his game-high 16 points and 15 rebounds. Since returning from a three-game suspension, Green has averaged 15.5 points and 13.5 rebounds.
"Coach Grant has been preaching to me all week to be aggressive," Green said. "So I just try to be aggressive on the floor when I get the ball in the paint and try to make the best of it."
After taking a 36-23 halftime lead, Alabama opened the second half on a 7-0 run to take a 43-23 advantage less than four minutes into the half. Davis opened the scoring with a three-pointer and Green followed with back-to-back baskets. The Tide maintained an advantage of at least 15 points throughout the remainder of the half, expanding the lead to as much as 23.
The Tide opened the game crisply, hitting six of its first eight shots (including 3-of-3 from beyond the arc) in building a 15-3 lead over the first 5:25. Freshman guard/forward Charles Hankerson, Jr. led the way in the early going with five points. Green led Alabama with 10 points and nine rebounds in the first half while Hankerson, Jr. added seven points.
Alabama takes on Oklahoma State in Oklahoma City on Dec. 18 before returning home to host Lipscomb Dec. 21 at Coleman Coliseum.