29 November 2009
JaMychal Green was having a very good night. With 10 seconds left, Green had 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocked shots against 15th ranked Michigan in the Old Spice Classic in Orlando. That would have been plenty.
But he wasn't done.
Alabama and Michigan were knotted at 66 with just under 35 seconds left. The Tide played for the last shot. Michigan's unusual 1-3-1 zone confounded the Tide all night, turning the ball over 19 times. This trip down, Bama was able to drop it in to Senario Hillman at the 6 second mark. He missed an awkward layup.
JaMychal Green was not done.
Green skyed, grabbing the board and jamming the shot home, giving Bama the 68-66 lead.
After a Michigan timeout, Darius Morris drove the length of the floor and hoisted a 8 footer to tie the game. Green promptly spiked the ball into the third row as the clock hit three zeros. Just like that, Anthony Grant got his first Alabama win over a top 25 opponent.
This team has played gritty ball early, and the win over Michigan takes them to 4-2 on the young season. It was obvious again Sunday night that this team will live and die by the play of its guards, most notably Mikhail Torrence. Torrance was scoreless at the half, but finished with 11 points, 6 boards and 8 assists. Nights like that could mean Alabama wins quite a few games this season.
Charvez Davis also looked good from the perimeter shooting 4-8 from beyond the arc. If that's the sign of an upward trend, that would also bode well for the Tide.
Alabama finished out the Old Spice Classic in Orlando at 2-1, winning against Baylor on Thanksgiving night, and dropping the semifinal against Florida State on Friday night.
The Tide hosts the North Florida Ospreys on Wednesday night at 7:00 pm. The Ospreys are 1-4 on the season. The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks will visit Coleman Coliseum Saturday at 1:00 pm.
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