Men's Basketball Outshoots Troy

"Defense" and "Troy basketball" are not often used in the same sentence. The Trojans are known for their past-paced, quick-shooting offense. But Alabama used defense to set up the Crimson Tide transition game and earn a solid 79-60 win in Coleman Coliseum Monday night.

The Alabama team of Coach Anthony Grant had 10 steals and gave up only one as Bama forced 17 turnovers and had only nine against Troy. Bama also had a coach-pleasing 19 assists and four men in double figures.

Grant said he was very pleased with the balanced scoring and with the unselfishness of the team. He was also glad to have all 11 men who played in the game get at least 10 minutes of action.

Alabama (2-0) was mostly in full court man-to-man defense and played against a tight Troy (1-1) defense.

Alabama got 17 points from JaMychal Green on 8-14 shooting from the floor. He was a big reason Bama outscored Troy 48-24 in the paint. Scenario Hillman had 16 points, although he was just 6-13 from the floor and 1-4 from thee-point range, while freshman point guard Trevor Releford made 5-7 field goals and had 13 points and six assists.

Tony Mitchell had a nice line for the Tide. He was 5-8 from the field for 12 points, had seven rebounds, four assists, two steals, and three blocked shots.

Troy, coached by former Bama assistant Don Maestri, got 12 points and 11 rebounds from Bernard Toombs, 11 points from Vernon Taylor (who was only 4-14 from the field and 0-5 on three-point shots), and 10 from Shawntez Patterson.

Grant said coming into the game he was "concerned with Troy's ability on offense, the pace of play and the shooting. We knew the defense had to keep them under control, and we did that in spurts."

The Tide coach said the defense "triggered" the good play. "We got stops in the press and that got us into transition," Grant said. Bama scored 22 points off the 17 Troy turnovers.

Alabama was able to take five more shots than Troy, but the important thing was that Alabama made nine more field goals than the visitors. Bama hit 50 per cent for the game, 32-64, while Troy managed only 23-59 for 39 per cent. The Tide had a 47-32 halftime lead and coasted to the victory.

Bama's biggest lead was 28 points, when Charvez Davis hit a three-point shot for a 77-49 advantage with 3:36 to play.

Beginning Friday, Alabama will play in the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Tide will play Seton Hall Friday and either Iowa or Xavier Friday. A third game in four days against an opponent to be determined will be played Sunday.

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