Men's Basketball Defeats Quincy 86-58

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Sophomore Senario Hillman led the Crimson Tide with 17 points.
Sophomore Senario Hillman led the Crimson Tide with 17 points.

Dec. 30, 2008

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama men's basketball team won its fourth straight game Tuesday night, cruising past Quincy 86-58 at Coleman Coliseum. The Crimson Tide jumped on the Hawks with a 13-0 run to start the second half that pushed the UA lead to 48-29 and blew the game open.

Sophomore Senario Hillman sparked the run, scoring 11 of the Tide's 13 points over the three minute stretch.

"Going into the second half I knew I just had to slow down and let the game come to me," Hillman said. "I just needed to play."

All five Tide starters scored in double figures led by Hillman's 17 points. Hillman also made an impact on the defensive end with a career-high six steals on the evening. Alabama came up with 13 steals as a team and forced the Hawks into 22 turnovers that led to 26 points.

"I think defensively we were able to pick up and use some full-court pressure that created some steals and gave us some energy out there," head coach Mark Gottfried said. "We used four guards a lot tonight, and that was good for our team. There may be other nights throughout the year where we need to do that as well."

Freshman JaMychal Green and senior Alonzo Gee had 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds apiece. Gee passed current Alabama women's head basketball coach Wendell Hudson on the Tide's all-time scoring list and now sits in a tie for 18th place with Richard Hendrix at 1,326 points.

Senior Ronald Steele scored fourteen points with all four of his field goals coming from three-point range. Sophomore Justin Knox rounded out the double-figure scorers, chipping in 10 points on 5-7 shooting. In total, eleven players broke into the scoring column for the Tide.

"One thing I like about tonight was that we had five guys in double figures, and we forced 22 turnovers," Gottfried said. "I think a lot of different guys came off the bench and helped out. Andrew Steele played pretty good. Mikhail Torrance and Brandon Hollinger did a great job of keeping everybody fresh and putting pressure on the ball for 94 feet. There were a lot of good things from that perspective tonight."

For Quincy, Billy Baptist and Mookie Pierre scored 14 points each to lead the Hawks. Baptist also led the team in rebounding with nine boards.

Alabama hosts Georgia Tech in the team's eighth straight game at Coleman Coliseum Saturday, Jan. 3. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. CST.