Dec. 18, 2011
Player of the Game
JaMychal Green continued to lead the Crimson Tide with his second straight 20-point game and his third in the last five games. In a season-high 36 minutes, the senior scored 20 points with nine rebounds. Five of his boards came off the offensive glass as he accounted for 62.5 percent of the Tide's offensive boards.
He also had the bulk of UA's free throws by converting on six of his nine attempts. Thirteen of his points came in the second half where he was 5-of-8 from the field.
Play of the Game
With a little more than 10 minutes left in the first half, the Tide was able to attack and exploit Kansas State's pressure when Trevor Lacey corralled a rebound, pushed the ball upcourt and upon crossing the 10-second line, fired a pass to a streaking JaMychal Green in the lane. Green's layup attempt was blocked from behind, but he managed to collect the miss and go up for the bucket while being fouled. He finished the three-point play to give the Tide a 7-point lead, its largest of the game.
Turning Point of the Game
A pair of free throws by JaMychal Green pulled the Tide within one at 38-37 with 13:48 left to play but K-State responded with a 9-0 run over the next 3:24 to build up a double-digit lead. The run included five points from Jamar Samuels on a three-pointer to start to the run and a pair of free throws. The Tide would get no closer than eight points for the remainder of the game with K-State holding a double-digit lead for the final 8:33 of the contest.
Stat of the Game
The game ended up being the fastest paced game UA has played this season with the Tide having 71 possessions in the contest. However, it was just the second game in which the Tide had a negative efficiency margin with the Tide scoring 0.82 points per possession while allowing 0.99 points per possession.
UA used 14 different five-man combinations on the floor against K-State with five of them managing to outscore the Wildcats. The starting five of Tony Mitchell, Trevor Releford, Levi Randolph, Nick Jacobs JaMychal Green held the biggest advantage by outscoring K-State, 10-7, during the 7:49 they were on the court together.
Mitchell, Releford, Randolph, Green and Trevor Lacey spent the most time on the court at 9:46 and held a 17-16 lead over K-State.
Additional Kansas State Notes
- Tony Mitchell became the 45th member of the 1,000-point club at UA with his 10 points giving him 1,003 in his three seasons at UA. His 1,000th point came appropriately on a highlight reel dunk with 8:13 left in the contest.
- Green's 20-point night also moved him up into 16th all-time with 1,452 career points. His nine rebounds bumped him up to 14th all-time at UA with 781.
- Green now has 13 20-point games in his career and UA is 11-2 in those games.
- Kansas State became just the second opponent this season to score 70 or more points against the Tide and the eighth in the last 48 games.
- Trevor Releford matched a season high with six assists that led to 13 points for UA.
- UA held a 38-30 advantage in points in the paint and has yet to be outscored in the lane this season. Thirty-eight of UA's 58 points came in the paint. UA has had 50 percent or more of its total points come in the paint five times this season. None of the Tide's opponents have generated more than 50 percent of their offense in the lane this season.
- K-State attempted 33 free throws, the most by a UA opponent this season. UA was whistled for a season-high 27 fouls.
- Tony Mitchell had three dunks in the game to give him a team-high 22 this season. As a team, UA has 38 dunks.
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