Dec. 16, 2009
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala -
Senior Mikhail Torrance scored 15 points and dished out seven assists while sophomore JaMychal Green added 14 points to lead the Alabama men's basketball team to a 60-45 victory over the Samford Bulldogs Wednesday at Coleman Coliseum.
Junior Senario Hillman scored seven points to go along with a team-high six rebounds. Junior Chris Hines added six points, four rebounds and three steals while senior Anthony Brock also chipped in with six points.
The Crimson Tide improves to 7-3 on the season while Samford falls to 3-7.
"I thought our guys did a very good job defensively, and that was our focus," UA head coach Anthony Grant said. "We knew coming in with the way they run their offense that it was going to be important to guard the three-point line. That was our emphasis early. We gave up some back door plays to start the game, but I think our guys settled in well and we took that away."
After a hard fought loss to No. 5 Purdue on Saturday, Alabama did not overlook the Bulldogs, hailing from the Southern Conference. Samford came in looking to play the role of spoiler, as they did ten years ago with a 79-67 victory. This time, though, they were no match for the longer more athletic Crimson Tide.
The Bulldogs turned the ball over 20 times and its 41 field goal attempts were its second lowest total so far this season.
Additionally, the Bulldog's 45 points were the fewest Alabama has allowed all year.
"We came in and practiced hard and watched film on our mistakes, but we didn't want to dwell on (the loss to Purdue)," Torrance said. "We wanted to come back tonight and show that we are still a great team. We really wanted to set the tempo and play our speed and I think we did that tonight."
After a sluggish start, the Crimson Tide broke the game open with an 11-2 run midway through the first half to take a 25-14 lead. Over the course of the nearly seven minute stretch, Alabama held Samford to just one field goal and forced five turnovers.
The Crimson Tide expanded the lead to 12 before settling on a 35-24 halftime advantage.
Alabama held a comfortable double-digit margin throughout the second half before a 10-2 burst from the 9:42 mark to the 4:15 mark gave the Crimson Tide a 60-40 lead.
"We had to play to our style," Grant said. "We couldn't let them control the tempo of the game. We've talked about that the last couple of days in practice, and I thought our guys, for 40 minutes tonight, tried to do that. We tried to impose our will and I thought we were effective from a defensive standpoint."
Josh Davis was the only Samford player in double digits with 13.
The Crimson Tide travels to Mobile on Saturday to take on Kansas State in the Coors Classic.