Dec. 21, 2010
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Senior guard Charvez Davis scored a career-high 22 points, including hitting 5-of-6 from beyond the three-point line, to lead the Alabama men's basketball team (6-6) to a 71-51 win over the Lipscomb Bisons (7-3) Tuesday at Coleman Coliseum.
Sophomore forward Tony Mitchell scored 18 points to go along with eight rebounds while junior forward JaMychal Green added 14 points and six rebounds. Senior forward Chris Hines pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds for the Tide.
"Our guys were locked in and did a great job," UA head coach Anthony Grant said. "Coach (Dan) Hipsher did a great job with the scouting report and having our guys understand what we needed to do on defense to take away their strengths. I thought it was total team effort."
Alabama held Lipscomb, who came in averaging 85.6 points per game, to a season-low 51 points. The Bison's 21 first-half points and 30 second-half points were both season-lows. Lipscomb's Adnan Hodzic and Josh Slater, who came into the game averaging 21.1 and 19.0 points, respectively, were held to just 12 points and 10 points, respectively, on the night.
The Tide, which improved to 6-0 at home this season, racked up a season-high 10 blocked shots with Green leading the way with four.
"It was a great defensive effort," Grant said. "I thought our guys came out in both halves and really turned up the pressure. Lipscomb is a very good team. They made a run and we knew they would and our guys were able to respond to that."
After taking a 35-21 lead into halftime, Lipscomb would cut into the Tide's margin, outscoring UA 16-6 early in the second half and pulling within eight points before Davis caught fire, hitting at trio of three-pointers in a 58-second span, part of an 11-0 Alabama run, which gave the Tide a 56-37 lead at the 8:30 juncture.
"Charvez did a great job of getting his shots, his teammates did a great job of finding him," Grant said. "They knew he had the hot hand and I think that stretch was really fun to see the guys having that much fun and enjoy competing and enjoy what was happening on the floor. It was good to see."
The Bisons pulled within 14 points at the 5:59 mark, but could get no closer the rest of the way. Alabama outscored Lipscomb 13-3 over the next 4:15 to take its biggest lead of the game, 71-47, with just 1:44 left in the game.
The Tide outscored the Bisons 42-22 on points in the paint and held a 19-9 advantage in the assist column. Freshman Trevor Releford led Alabama with a game-high five assists.
Alabama returns to Coleman Coliseum Dec. 28 to take on Pepperdine. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.