TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Tony Mitchell recorded a double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead Alabama to a 72-50 victory over South Alabama on Wednesday night.
"It wasn't pretty to start the game," Alabama coach Anthony Grant said. "Like our last game, the game was played in spurts. The guys in the second half really kicked it in. Obviously we were able to take control of the game."Tony (Mitchell), as a sophomore, with every game continues to learn and improve as a player. He has a chance to be one of the elite players in this league. With Tony it's just a matter of consistent effort."Charvez Davis had 15 points and Senario Hillman 14 for the Crimson Tide (4-3)."I think I was just at the right spot at the right time. I was just knocking down the shots," Davis said.Martino Brock scored 11, Javier Carter 10 and Augustine Rubit grabbed 13 rebounds for South Alabama (2-4).The Jaguars had a 13-9 lead at the 12:40 mark of the first half but the Crimson Tide went on an 18-4 run to go in front 27-17 on a field goal by Mitchell with 4:29 remaining. Davis made three 3-pointers during the run.Alabama shot 53.8 percent from the floor (14 of 26) and 66.7 percent from three-point range (4 of 6) to maintain a 10-point advantage at intermission, 33-23."I thought Charvez came in and gave us a big boost," Grant said. "Everybody contributed to help us build a 10-point lead in the first half."JaMychal Green, Alabama's leading scorer coming into the contest, sat out his second straight game due a suspension for conduct detrimental to the team."JaMychal and I met the other day and we had a good conversation. As of now, nothing has changed," Grant said. "Obviously the team is focused on the present and right now JaMychal is not here. You have to just control the things that you can control. My focus is just on our team getting better."