Green Suspended, But Tide Wins

Alabama had bad basketball news last week when the Crimson Tide went to the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands and lost three games. Bama returned to Coleman Coliseum Saturday and there was more bad news.

Alabama Coach Anthony Grant announced that junior Bama post player "JaMychal Green has been suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team." Even without Green, Alabama was able to roll over Alabama A&M Saturday, 76-50.

Grant said the suspension could be for a variety of reasons, including those involving accountability and respect. It was revealed that the suspension was entirely for on-the-court behavior. Last year Green was suspended for a game against South Carolina because of an academic deficiency.

Green had been tied for the team lead in scoring, averaging 13 points per game. Tony Mitchell had also been averaging 13 points per game, but scored just under that -- 12 points -- in the Tide's Saturday win.

Alabama will play the third of its three in-state, non-conference opponents when the Tide hosts South Alabama at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Coleman Coliseum.

Grant said, "It was good for our guys to get back on the court after a tough week in the Virgin Islands. I said before we went to that tournament that we'd find out about ourselves. It was a tough lesson, but I think our guys responded today. We needed to rebound, we needed to defend, and we needed to take care of the basketball. We didn't do as well as we need to, but we improved. I'm pleased with the effort."

Grant said the needed improvement would start with defense, the Bama was good on defense against out-manned Alabama A&M. The Hornets hit only 19 of 54 field goal attempts for 35.2 per cent shooting from the field and suffered 21 turnovers, including the Tide making 13 steals.

In addition to his 12 points, Mitchell had 15 rebounds as Alabama dominated on the backboards with a 42-27 advantage.

Alabama trailed in the game only when A&M connected on a three-point shot to start the game. Bama led by as many as 31 points with 10 minutes to play in the game.

The Tide outscored the Hornets 40-22 in the paint even without Green. Bama also had an advantage of 18-7 in second chance points.

Senario Hillman led the Tide in scoring with 15 points on 5-9 field goal shooting (though 0-3 on three-point tries) and 5-6 free throws. Charvez Davis came off the bench to score 11 points with 3-6 three-point shooting. Chris Hines had 10 points.

Trevor Releford had seven points and seven assists as the Tide had an advantage of 17-9 in assists.

Alabama replaced Green in the starting lineup with a wing player, Charles Hankerson. Hankerson had eight points, but no rebounds.

Alabama hit 31-60 field goals for 51.7 per cent.

Alabama improved to 3-3 overall and Alabama A&M fell to 2-2.

Alabama A&M was led by Cornelius Hester with 15 points and Casey Canty with 12.

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