Alabama came into this game at 1-1 following their victory over Jackson State. Although they loss to Cornell, the Tide Faithful knew this would be a game that would show everyone where Alabama was at. This would also be their last game before their showdown with Baylor next Thursday.
Led by Mikhail Torrance’s 26 points and clutch three point play late in the game, Alabama defeated Providence 84-75. Alabama had a poor first half shooting the ball and that led to a 4 point halftime deficit. Alabama shot 53 % in the second half en route to a 9 point win.
JaMychal Green added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Tide while Justin Knox put in 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds albeit
shooting just 1 of 6 from the floor. They were the only three players in double figures for Alabama with Senario Hillman adding 9 points.
Providence had 2 players in double figures as Alabama had a tough time stopping Jamine Peterson and Marshon Brooks. The former put in 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and was an absolute beast in the paint, while the latter put in 22 points with 5 rebounds.
The turning point in the game came with Alabama leading by one with a minute remaining. Mikhail Torrance stole the ball and drove it down and made the lay-up plus the foul. He sank the foul shot and gave the Tide a 4 point lead. Alabama didn’t look back from there cruising to a big victory.
This was a big win for Anthony Grant and the Tide. Providence had a winning record last season and made the NIT.
The bench didn’t play that well for the Tide tonight other than Charvez Davis who put in 7 points. Ben Eblen, Chris Hines, and Tony Mitchell all struggled. Mitchell was coming off of a big game, but only saw the court for 10 minutes against the Friars.
Not sure why that was, I would like to see his minutes start to increase not decrease.
Alabama is also going to need to shoot the ball from the field better as 40% shooting isn’t going to cut it on a night to night basis. Alabama’s defense forced Providence into 14 turnovers with half of them coming by Marshon Brooks.
For Alabama’s next game, they will leave the friendly confines of Coleman Coliseum as they head to Orlando for the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Florida next week.
Alabama will open up that tournament against Baylor. The Bears are off to a 3-0 start as they have one more game before they play Alabama, and that is Sunday at home against Hardin-Simmons. This is a Baylor team that is coming off of a 24 win season and a deep run in the NIT.
This will be by far Alabama’s toughest test of the season, and we will get an even better look at where Alabama is at.
- Mikhail Torrance: 26 points (9/19) 5 rebounds 4 assists 2 steals 2 blocks
- JaMychal Green: 15 points (4/10) 12 rebounds 3 blocks
- Justin Knox 13 points (1/6) 10 rebounds
- Jamine Peterson: 27 points (9/19) 14 rebounds
- Marshon Brooks: 22 points (7/14) 5 rebounds 7 turnovers