TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama Men’s Basketball team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 79-60 victory over Troy Monday in front of a crowd 8,939 at the Coleman Coliseum. The Crimson Tide now leads the all-time series against the Trojans 3-0.
“I thought our guys came out with good defensive effort tonight,” UA head coach Anthony Grant said. “We played in spurts, so obviously we need to get a little more consistent in terms of the energy and effort we give on the defensive end.”
Junior forward JaMychal Green scored a game-high 17 points and collected seven rebounds while senior guard Senario Hillman added 16 points. Sophomore forward Tony Mitchell recorded 12 points and a career-high four assists for the Tide, while freshman guard Trevor Releford continued his impressive start to the season with 13 points and six assists.
“He (Releford) has obviously done a great job as a freshman,” Grant said. “He brings a presence to the court for us with his leadership qualities.”
Through two games this season, Green is averaging 15.5 points and seven rebounds and Mitchell is averaging 12 points and 2.5 blocks.
Alabama shot 50 percent (32-of-64) from the field and dominated the paint for the second time this season, holding a 48-24 advantage. Defensively, Alabama was able to tally 22 points off 14 Trojan turnovers.
“The key for us tonight was to stop the three, and they didn’t get many until the few at the end,” Grant said. “We did a really good job of taking away the three-point line.”
The game was close through the first 7:29 of the game when the Tide used a pair of runs, 14-4 and 13-4, to take a 47-32 lead into break.
Alabama tried to extend its lead in the second half, but Troy kept hanging on, cutting the deficit to 13 with 10:12 left in the game. The Tide never let Troy get closer than that for rest of the contest going on a 19-4 run that spanned 7:10 of the second half to cement the win.
Leading the way for Troy was Bernard Toombs, who had a team-high 12 points and 11 rebounds. Alabama held Troy to their lowest point total in the series.
The Tide travels overseas for its next outing, playing in the 2010 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam Men's Basketball Tournament. Alabama plays Seton Hall in its first game of the tournament Friday at 7:30 p.m. CT.