Dec. 16, 2010
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Player of the Game
JaMychal Green made his return to the starting lineup with emphasis as he finished with 16 points and matched a career high with 15 rebounds. The double-double was the second straight for the junior and 15th of his career to tie him for the most career double-doubles among active SEC players. Green connected on six of his 11 attempts and added a team-high three assists in 26 minutes of action. Green finished with an efficiency rating of 29, the highest by a UA player this season and is tied for the 183rd most efficient outing by a player in nearly 34,000 individual performances in Division I basketball this season.
In 17 minutes in the first half, he scored 10 points with nine rebounds to help UA take a 36-23 halftime lead. Over the last two games, he is averaging 15.5 points and 13.0 rebounds while converting on 57.1 percent of his shots.
Play of the Game
With just under 10 minutes to play in the first half, Alabama extended its lead to 10 when Trevor Releford picked the Lions' pocket, dribbled the ball across the timeline and tossed a pass to Senario Hillman on the near block. In one swift move, Hillman re-directed the pass to a charging Tony Mitchell for his team-leading 19th dunk of the season.
Turning Point of the Game
Southeastern Louisiana used an 8-2 spurt to pull within 10 points and 27-17 with 4:17 left in the first half but Trevor Releford responded with one of his two three-pointers on the night to quell the SLU rally and key a 5-0 UA run. SLU would get no closer than five possessions for the remainder of the contest.
Stat of the Game
Alabama held SLU to just 20.3 percent shooting, the lowest by a UA opponent this season. It was also the lowest percentage by an opponent since Nov. 18, 1997, when North Texas shot 18.8 percent by hitting 18 of a staggering 96 attempts.
Alabama used 14 different five-man units in defeating SLU with 11 of them outscoring the Lions. The most productive lineup was the starting lineup of JaMychal Green, Trevor Releford, Senario Hillman, Charvez Davis and Chris Hines. The quintet outscored SLU by six total points in the 5:39 they were on the court together.
Additional Game Notes
• Charvez Davis started his second career game as the Crimson Tide tweaked the lineup again using the five-man unit of Chris Hines, JaMychal Green, Senario Hillman, Davis and Trevor Releford.
• Alabama entered the game having connected on just six of its last 32 three-point attempts but hit the first three it attempted from three different players.
• The Tide connected on five three-pointers in the first half, tying for the most in the first half this season and the fourth most this season. The team finished with six three-pointers.
• Alabama's 59 points were its fewest in a win this season.
• SLU's 38 points was the second fewest by a UA opponent behind Florida A&M's 37 points. The 38 points was also SLU's fewest under head coach Jim Yarborough.
• UA pulled away early with a 12-point run to take a 15-3 lead. The 12-0 run ties for the team's second biggest of the season.
• Alabama only committed four first-half turnovers, its lowest first-half total of the season and finished with 10 turnovers, its second fewest of the season.
• The Tide's defense held SLU's leading scorer, Trent Hutchin, scoreless for the first half. Hutchin entered the game averaging 18.1 points per game and finished with a season-low six points.
• Alabama improved to 5-0 at home this season.
• The Tide is now 4-0 against SLU and 13-1 against current members of the Southland Conference.
• Carl Engstrom recorded a career high with three blocks in eight minutes of action.
• All 12 active and dressed UA players saw at least three minutes of action.
• That includes walk-on Hunter Jeffery who dressed for his first game after being a member of the practice squad the entire season.
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