Dec. 28, 2010
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama men’s basketball team won its eighth consecutive home game in its last game before the New Year, beating visiting Pepperdine, 83-60 in Coleman Coliseum Tuesday night to go to 7-6 overall. The win also marked UA head coach Anthony Grant’s 100th as a collegiate head coach.
“I really like the way our guys are approaching what we’re doing going forward right now in terms of preparing for the upcoming SEC schedule,” Grant said. “It was a good win tonight with a lot of great efforts. You look at the stat sheet and the fact we had 22 assists to 13 turnovers, that’s a good sign for us.”
Junior JaMychal Green led all scorers with a season-high 23 points. He also had nine rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals on the night.
“We played as a team today, just moving the ball, playing the game and having fun out there,” Green said. “Everybody was knocking down shots.”
Four other Tide shooters posted double-digit point totals including senior Charvez Davis, who was 5-of-10 from beyond the three-point line to account for all 15 of his points.
“With the attention JaMychal (Green) draws inside, we want to work inside-to-out and I thought our guys did a good job of having patience, getting the ball inside and then from there looking for opportunities from the perimeter,” Grant said. “The thing we talk about is just making sure we get good shots from the perimeter and as long as we are taking good shots we feel good about the opportunity for them to go in.”
Senior Chris Hines notched the first double-double of his Alabama career, pouring in 10 points and grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds.
“I went out today with a double-double mindset, as always, and I just happened to get it,” Hines said.
Sophomore Tony Mitchell added 17 points, matching the Waves high scorer, Keion Bell. Senior Senario Hillman also scored in double figures, adding 10 points to the Tide total.
Alabama led by as many as 31 points in the second half and was ahead by double digits from the 14:52 mark in the first half through to the end. The Tide returns to action Monday, Jan. 3 at home against Toledo. The game tips off at 7 p.m. and is Alabama’s last non-conference game of the regular season.