Dec. 22, 2011
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Player of the Game
Sophomore Trevor Releford had one of his best games of the season with a game-high 19 points, three assists and four steals in 34 minutes. Fifteen of his points came in the second half to help provide some much needed energy to an offense that started to slow down after a quick start.
Releford got most of his points slashing to the basket for layups as he converted on seven his 10 attempts from the field in the win. One of those cuts to the goal helped stop an Oklahoma State 9-0 run as he converted on a layup, was fouled and made good on the second of his two 'and one' opportunities on the evening. He finished the evening with a career high efficiency rating of 24.
Play of the Game
With about five minutes to play, Oklahoma State made its final charge of the game to pull within nine points on a three-pointer. On the ensuing possession the Tide used up 32 seconds worth of the shot clock before Trevor Lacey stepped up and drained a long two-point shot in the face of the defense to run the Tide’s lead back out to double digits and key a 13-5 UA run to end the game.
Turning Point of the Game
The first five minutes of the contest set the tone for the game as the Crimson Tide jumped out to a 16-2 lead and led by nine or more for the remainder of the game. During that five minute assault on the Cowboys, UA was 6-of-8 from the field and 3-of-4 from three-point range.
Stat of the Game
The BJCC turned out to be the perfect prescription for the Tide’s recent shooting ills as UA converted on 57 percent of its shots from the field in the first half and a staggering 66.7 percent from the three-point arc in the half. The Tide finished with seven three-pointers, matching a season high.
“I’ve watched Alabama play and these freshman all shoot it with good form,” ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla said during the game. “But the ball just hadn’t been going. It’s was going to be a matter of time before the shots started falling and it’s so much about confidence.”
While the hot shooting cooled slightly in the second half, the Tide still finished with an effective field goal percentage of 52.7 percent and average 1.07 points per weighted shot.
UA used 12 different five-man units on the floor in the win over Oklahoma State with eight of them outscoring or playing OSU even. The starting five of Tony Mitchell, Levi Randolph, Trevor Lacey, Nick Jacobs and Trevor Releford was the most productive, outscoring OSU by 15 points during its time on the court.
Additional Game Notes
- Tony Mitchell finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season and the 11th of his career. He also added a season-high four blocks. His 16 points came on a career-high 20 shots.
- Alabama’s seven three-pointers matched a season high. The Tide came into the game with just 12 three pointers in its previous five games.
- Oklahoma State became the eighth opponent this season that failed to score 60 points against the Tide. UA is 7-1 in those games.
- OSU’s 52 points were a season low. Of UA’s 12 opponents, eight scored their season low against UA.
- Additionally, the Cowboys shot 32.7 percent, their second lowest percentage of the season and are the seventh opponent to shoot less than 40 percent against UA.
- Alabama scored 1.01 points per possession, its first game averaging a point or more per possession since the Dayton contest. UA has score a point or more per trip down the floor in nine of its 12 games.
- Conversely, OSU averaged just 0.75 points per possession, the fourth lowest average by a UA opponent this season.
- Alabama outscored OSU, 28-20, in the paint and has yet to be outscored in the paint this season.
- Levi Randolph recorded a season-high five assists.
- UA is 9-3 through its first 12 games for the first time under Anthony Grant and the first time since the 2008-09 season when UA started off 10-3.
- Alabama improved to 4-3 all-time against OSU and 36-22 against current members of the Big 12.
- The Tide improved to 45-21 in Birmingham and 29-8 in games at the BJCC.
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