JaMychal Green Paces Tide To Win

JaMychal Green returned to the starting lineup for the first time since his recent suspension and had a huge game for the Alabama men's basketball team. Tony Mitchell had a brief suspension Wednesday and was almost a nonentity.

Alabama junior JaMychal Green had missed three games entirely and did not start when he returned to action. Wednesday night he was back in the starting lineup and looked like the man who had been selected as a pre-season All-Southeastern Conference player.

To be sure, the Wednesday opponent in Coleman Coliseum, Southeastern Louisiana, was not SEC caliber. Nevertheless, Green was, as Bama Coach Anthony Grant put it, "the best player on the court."

In 26 minutes of play, Green had 16 points and 15 rebounds in leading Bama to a 59-38 win over the SELa Lions.

The win enabled Alabama to even its record at 5-5, while SELa fell to 5-3.

Alabama returns to action Saturday in the All-College Classic in Oklahoma City against Oklahoma State with tipoff at 5:30 p.m. CST. The Crimson Tide returns to Tuscaloosa Tuesday against Lipscomb with tipoff at 7:30.

Green hit 6-11 field goals and 4-6 free throws and had six offensive rebounds to go with nine defensive boards and also blocked two shots and had three assists and a steal, with only one turnover.

Meanwhile, soph forward Tony Mitchell, who had been carrying Bama through most of the season, averaging 14.6 points and 8.8 rebounds, sat the first five minutes of the game and finished with only four points (making only one of four field goals) and pulling down six rebounds in 25 minutes of play. Grant said Mitchell's punishment was for "essentially the same thing [as Green's had been], daily accountability."

Grant said he thought prior to the game that the key would be defense, and "I thought our defense set the tone."

Alabama held the Lions to only 20.3 per cent field goal shooting (12-59) including 4-18 (22.2 per cent) on three point shots. SELa had only 15 points in the second half after the Tide had taken a 36-23 lead at intermission. The Lions did not score a field goal in the final 89:27 of the game.

Bama opened the game hitting seven of its first nine shots, including 3-3 on three-point tries, and had a 17-5 lead six minutes into the game. SELa never led in the game and the only tie was at 3-3 in the first moments.

Alabama hit 21-50 field goals (42 per cent) for the game. In the first half Bama was good on 5-9 three-point shots (55.6 per cent), but cooled off with only 1-8 in the second half to finish the game at 6-17 (35.3 per cent).

Alabama blocked eight shots by the Lions, including three by freshman crowd favorite Carl Engstrom.

In addition to Green, Alabama got 10 points from freshman point guard Trevor Releford.

Gary Dixon led the Lions with 11 points.

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