Green's Big Plays Lead Bama Upset
Alabama had trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half.
After JaMychal Green made his putback, Michigan called time out. The final Wolverines shot was rejected up into the stands by Green as time expired.
Alabama Men's Basketball Upsets No. 15 Michigan, 68-66 to Close Out Old Spice Classic LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - After being down by as many as 13 points in the first half, Alabama battled back to beat No. 15 Michigan 68-66 in the Crimson Tide's final game of the Old Spice Classic. Alabama took its first lead of the game with 7:30 left in the second half at 51-50 and the game see-sawed back and forth from that point on.
"I was just at the right place at the right time," Green said. "When the layup popped out I just hoped it came to my side. On the defensive end I had a play on the ball and I tried not to make a foul at the end of the game."
Green scored 20 points to pace the Crimson Tide attack. He led the Tide in all three games in the tournament, scoring a total of 51 points. He also led Alabama with seven rebounds against Michigan.
Junior Charvez Davis scored in a dozen points while senior Mikhail Torrance dropped in 11.
Alabama took its first lead of the game with 7:30 remaining in the second half at 51-50. The game stayed close from there until the end with neither team able to muster more than a four-point lead.
Alabama's Justin Knox knotted the game at 66-66 on a free throw with 50 seconds left in the game. Michigan took a relatively quick shot, which was rebounded by Green to set up the final Tide offensive series. Torrance worked the ball to Senario Hillman on the baseline, but Hillman's short shot bounded off the rim, where Green snatched it and slammed it home.
"When you get a game that's highly contested during the month of November that speaks volumes about college basketball," Alabama Coach Anthony Grant said. "I'm really proud of our guys and the effort they put forth. Our guys had to stay together and stay the course and we overcame some things today that was a great growing experience for our team."
The win marked Alabama's first victory against a top-20 team this season. The Tide, now 2-1 all-time against the Wolverines, goes to 4-2 on the season while Michigan falls to 3-2. The Tide opened the tournament with a 79-76 win against Baylor followed by a 60-51 loss to Florida State in the second round.
The Tide hit eight of 17 three-point attempts in the game, shooting .471 from behind the arc while Michigan made just six of their 25 attempts, shooting less than 25 percent. The Wolverines' Manny Harris led all scorers in the game with 26 points and 10 rebounds.
Alabama returns home Wednesday to take on North Florida at 7 p.m. CST in Coleman Coliseum.
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