Inside the Box Score - vs. Jacksonville

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Trevor Releford has led UA in scoring the last two games.
Trevor Releford has led UA in scoring the last two games.

Dec. 30, 2011

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Player of the Game
Trevor Releford led the Crimson Tide in scoring for the second straight game with 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 2-of-3 from the three-point arc. He also added four assists and four steals. The sophomore accumulated most of his stats during the tightly contested first half in which he played 18 minutes, scored 12 of his points and notched three of his assists and steals.

In the last two games, Releford is averaging 18.5 points on 13-of-19 shooting with eight total steals.

Play of the Game
With just over nine minutes to play Carl Engstrom deflected an entry pass to post for his fifth career steal. Trevor Releford picked up the loose ball along the sideline and while airborne, passed to Trevor Lacey before falling out of bounds. Lacey brought the ball up the court and proceeded to drive his man to the basket for his fourth bucket of the game. The play gave UA an 18-point, 61-43, lead which was its biggest of the game to that point.

Turning Point of the Game
Alabama started the second half nursing a slim five-point, 42-37, lead but opened the second half with 10 straight points and held Jacksonville scoreless for the first 8:36 of the second half to build up a 15-point lead. That 10-0 spurt was extended to a 15-2 run and UA’s lead never dipped below 14 for the remainder of the game.

During the Tide’s 10-0 jump, UA was 5-of-8 from the field while the defense forced seven misses and four turnovers during Jacksonville’s scoreless span.

Stat of the Game
Second half defense was the key to Alabama’s 17-point victory as UA held the Dolphins to just 18 second-half points on 25 percent shooting. The 18 points were the second fewest by a UA opponent in a half this season and the 25 percent shooting was the second lowest by an opponent in a second half this season.

Top Lineup
Alabama used 16 different five-man units on the floor with 10 of them outscoring or playing the Dolphins even. The Tide’s starting five of Tony Mitchell, Trevor Releford, Levi Randolph, Trevor Lacey and Nick Jacobs held the biggest advantage by outscoring Jacksonville 33-13 during the 15:03 they spent together on the court.

Jacobs owned the biggest individual scoring differential with the Tide owning a 61-38 advantage when he was on the court.

Additional Game Notes
- The Tide hit six three-pointers, all in the first half, its third most this season. In the last two games, UA is 13-of-30 from the arc.
- Moussa Gueye made his first appearance of the season after having knee surgery in August to repair a torn ACL. He played four minutes with one rebound.
- Tony Mitchell scored 17 points despite only recording a pair of two-point buckets. He matched a career high with three three-pointers. His 17 points moved him past former teammate Senario Hillman for 44th all-time in scoring at UA. He currently has 1,036 career points.
- Trevor Lacey scored 11 points for his second straight game in double figures and fourth this season.
- Alabama improved to 10-3 for the first time since 2008-09 and the first time under head coach Anthony Grant who won his 52nd game at the Capstone.
- The win was UA’s 25th in its last 26 games at Coleman Coliseum and 30th win in its last 39 overall.
- The Tide improved to 2-0 against Jacksonville and 16-3 all-time against current members of the Atlantic Sun Conference.
- Alabama hit the 70-point mark for the fifth time this season. UA is 5-0 in those games.
- Jacksonville became the ninth opponent this season to score less than 60 points against UA. Alabama is 8-1 in those games.
- The Dolphins scored just 0.82 points per possession to become the fourth straight opponent that failed to score a point or more per possession.
- JU is also the eighth opponent to convert on less than 40 percent of its field goal attempts. UA is undefeated this season when holding its opponent under 40 percent.
- In 13 games, UA has yet to be outscored in the paint this season after posting a 32-20 advantage over Jacksonville. On the season, UA has outscored opponents, 418-294, in the paint. That accounts for an average distance of 9.6 points per game.

Jacksonville +/- Report
Jacobs  +23
Releford  +19
Mitchell  +19
Lacey  +17
Randolph  +17
Engstrom  -1
Hankerson  -2
Eblen  -2
Gueye  -2
Cooper  -3