Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/17/11

The Alabama Crimson Tide called it a “business trip” to Puerto Rico as they looked to exorcise demons from last season’s performance at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands. So far so good for Tide basketball as they opened the Puerto Rico tip-off with a 62-42 win the Maryland Terrapins.

It was a wire-to-wire victory for the Crimson Tide. Alabama took the lead right from the start and never relinquished it to the Terps. As a matter of fact, when Trevor Lacey buried a three with 12-minutes to go in the first half to give Alabama a 12-point lead, the game was never back within double digits.

JaMychal Green played only three minutes in the first half after picking up two quick fouls, but the Crimson Tide still took a 36-20 lead into the half thanks in large part to Tony Mitchell’s 15 points and 6 rebounds.

Tony Mitchell led the way with 17 points and 11 rebounds. (AP Photo)

Alabama coasted in the second half to the impressive 62-42 victory over Maryland. The Terps may be down, but it was impressive to see the Crimson Tide walk away with a 20-point victory in a game that JaMychal Green spent most of on the bench.

Tony Mitchell led the way with a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds to go along with a pair of assists, and a couple of blocks. Trevor Releford was the only other player for the Crimson Tide in double figures with 10 points. He also chipped in 3 rebounds and 2 steals.

Alabama had 5 other players that finished with at least 4 points. JaMychal Green struggled when he was actually on the floor, and finished with just 7 points on 2/8 shooting and 4 rebounds.

The Tide got off to a hot start offensively, but they started struggling when Maryland switched to a zone without JaMychal Green in the game to bust it up in the middle. For the game, Alabama shot 43% from the field, and 44% from downtown.

Defensively, Alabama was its usual swarming self. They held the Terps to 25% from the field, and 17% from three. Alabama dominated the glass in the game, outrebounding Maryland 44-28. ‘Bama had five guys with at least four rebounds.

Alabama held Maryland’s best player, Terrell Stoglin, without a field goal. He finished 0/9 from the floor.

With Green on the bench, Alabama got good minutes from both Carl Engstrom and Nick Jacobs. Engstrom didn’t score, but grabbed 5 rebounds and played solid defense. Jacobs grabbed a couple of rebounds, but also showed signs of an offensive game with a couple of nice moves on the inside to net 4 points.

Charles Hankerson came off the bench and made a big impact. He finished with 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists.

Alabama is off to a 3-0 start with a couple of solid wins over Oakland and Maryland early in the season. The Crimson Tide looks to have a real shot at winning the Puerto Rico Tip-off. They will play again tomorrow evening at 8 PM CT against the winner of the Colorado and Wichita State game.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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