19 November 2008
Alabama destroyed the Rattlers of Florida A&M at Coleman Coliseum tonight, 89-48. It wasn't that close.
The Tide sprinted out to an 18-0 lead on the strength of a rejuvenated Ronald Steele, who was sublime in his sparse minutes tonight. Steele played just 16 minutes, dropping 15 points in that short timeframe. Steele's night was over when A&M's night was over - a few minutes short of halftime.
At the half, Alabama led 55-23, and never really looked back.
Steele checked out of the game for the last time at the 13:48 mark in the second half, when his younger brother Andrew Steele came in, scoring 10 in just 14 minutes of action. Andrew was nursing a sore ankle against Mercer.
The real surprise tonight was the starting lineup, which featured Justin Knox in place of Demetrius Jemison. Jemison played 9 minutes, scoring two and netting three boards, while Knox dropped in 4 points and 13 boards.
Mikhail Torrance also contributed nicely, scoring 11 points in 13 minutes. Junior college transfer Anthony Brock scored 13 points on 5-5 shooting from the field (and 3-3 from the line), while chipping in 4 steals.
Freshman JaMychal Green was 5-6 from the floor en route to 12 points and 8 boards in just 26 minutes. It seems likely he's destined to average a double-double as soon as this season; certainly no later than his sophomore campaign.
It's tough to learn much about a team in this sort of rout, but the Tide shot better and played a more up-tempo game. Additionally, if you Auburn friends were giving you trouble about losing to Mercer on Sunday... point out that the Tigers dropped to the Mercer Bears tonight on the plains.
No matter how you slice it, that's a pretty impressive road trip.
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