Dec. 22, 2010
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Player of the Game
Charvez Davis had one of his best performances in an Alabama uniform with a career-high 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field and a near perfect 5-of-6 from three-point range. Three of his five three-pointers came in a one-minute span as he connected on three-straight possessions for the Tide. While a career-high in points, it was actually the fourth time he has hit five three-pointers in a game during his two seasons at the Capstone.
Davis accounted for all but one of the Crimson Tide's three-pointers in the game and the rest of the Tide only shot 42.3 percent from the field on the evening. Taking into account the additional value of the three-point shot, Davis posted an effective field goal percentage of 95.5 percent, the second highest effective field goal percentage by an SEC player this season.
Play of the Game
After grabbing a long defensive rebound, Trevor Releford brought the ball up the floor and found a wide open Tony Mitchell along the baseline with 1:40 left in the opening half. A defensive lapse left a clear lane to the basket and Mitchell elevated, cocked the ball well behind his head and emphatically finished with his team-high 21st dunk of the season. The play came at the tail end of an 11-0 UA run that helped UA take a 35-21 halftime lead.
Turning Point of the Game
Alabama opened up the second half by extending its lead to 18 points but saw that whittled down to eight with less than 12 minutes to play. At the 9:30 mark Charvez Davis put an end to any Bison comeback hopes with back-to-back-to-back daggers as he connected on three straight three-pointers in a span of a minute to give UA a 19-point lead. All three game from the same approximate spot on the arc as Ben Eblen found him open twice with the other helper coming from Charles Hankerson, Jr.
"It felt automatic," Davis said of the spurt. "It felt like I was shooting into the ocean. Anytime I get going like that, I feel like I just can't be stopped. But I give all the credit to my teammates. They do a good job of finding me. They and my coaches are all encouraging me."
Stat of the Game
While Alabama's offense got into a rhythm, it was the defense that quietly stole the show as it held Lipscomb to a season-low 51 points. The Bisons came into the game averaging 85.6 points per game and had even averaged 63 points per game against ranked North Carolina and Baylor squads. Additionally, the Bisons shot a season-low 28.8 percent, well below their season average of 47.5 percent.
"It was hard for us to score baskets," Lipscomb head coach Scott Sanderson said. "You have to give Alabama credit. They did a great job defensively and really understood who was doing what on our team. I did not think we competed the way we typically compete."
Alabama was able to use all 12 active players in the win and put together 20 different five-man lineups with nine outscoring the Bisons and six playing them even. The most productive lineup consisted of JaMychal Green, Tony Mitchell, Trevor Releford, Charvez Davis and Charles Hankerson, Jr. The quintet played a game-high 10:50 together and outscored Lipscomb by nine, 24-15.
Additional Game Notes
Chris Hines finished with 10 rebounds, the second time the senior has hauled in 10 or more rebounds this season.
The Bisons shot a season-low 28.8 percent from the field despite coming in converting at a 47.5 percent clip.
Lipscomb's leading scorer, Adnan Hodzic was held to a season-low 12 points and came into the game averaging 21.1
UA's Tony Mitchell finished two rebounds shy of his third double-double of the season with 18 points in 32 minutes of action. He has now scored in double figures in 11 of his 12 games this season.
Lipscomb is the third opponent this season to shoot less than 30 percent from the field against the Tide, joining Florida A&M and Southeastern Louisiana.
Six of UA's 12 opponents have also scored fewer than 60 points.
Alabama matched a season-high with 19 assists, five of them coming from Trevor Releford.
Alabama improved to 15-5 under Anthony Grant when scoring 70 or more points.
UA outscored Lipscomb, 42-22, in the paint and has not been outscored in the paint this season and has outscored 28 of its last 42 opponents in the paint.
Alabama used the starting lineup of Trevor Releford, Charles Hankerson, Jr., JaMychal Green, Tony Mitchell and Chris Hines for the second straight game.
Senario Hillman recorded two of UA's nine first-half steals. The two moves Hillman into sole possession of sixth all-time at UA in steals with 150.
Alabama improved to 2-0 all-time against Lipscomb and has outscored the Bisons by a combined 151-109 margin in those two meetings.
UA is now 14-3 against current members of the Atlantic Sun.
Alabama had two 11-point runs and now has nine 10-0 or greater runs this season.
Alabama blocked a season-high 10 shots.
Lipscomb +/- Report