Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/19/11

The Alabama Crimson Tide’s business trip to Puerto Rico continued with a 70-60 victory over the Wichita State Shockers in a rematch of last year’s NIT Championship Game. The Crimson Tide avenged last season’s loss to the Shockers, and advanced to play Purdue on Sunday night in the Puerto Rico Tip-off Championship game.

Tony Mitchell continued his stellar play with a 26-point night highlighted by a couple of emphatic jams in the first half that landed him two spots in SportsCenter’s top-10 plays. He also added 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks. Mitchell really carried the load for the Tide offense early in the game with JaMychal Green struggling again, and sitting on the bench after getting a cut on his chin in the first half. Mitchell played all but one minute of the game.

Despite the sluggish start for Green, he finished with a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds to go along with 4 blocked shots on the defensive end. As a team, Alabama blocked a tournament record 14 shots. Trevor Releford also finished in double-figures scoring despite shooting just 2/6 from the field. He scored 15 points thanks to shooting 11 of 12 from the free-throw line. Releford added 4 assists and a couple of steals.

Tony Mitchell led Alabama with 26 points and 8 rebounds.

While the big three did the majority of the scoring for the Crimson Tide, they got contributions and good minutes from a lot of other guys. Levi Randolph gave Alabama 33 solid minutes, finishing the game with 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals. Randolph needs to gain more confidence in his offensive game, but he played stellar defense on the perimeter for Alabama all game long, and pressured the ball handler in the full court.

Trevor Lacey doesn’t have an eye-popping stat line, but with Trevor Releford out of the game with foul trouble, Releford really stepped up and controlled the offensive tempo. Lacey finished with 2 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. The best part of Lacey’s stat line is he only turned the ball over one time.

Alabama got big minutes in the second half from freshman Nick Jacobs. Jacobs led the team with 5 blocked shots, also scoring 4 points, and grabbing 3 rebounds. I can’t say enough about his performance in this game. He is starting to show some ability on the offensive end, and he is an excellent defender in the post. Jacobs is still raw, but if he keeps playing as hard as he is defensively, he will continue to see an increase in minutes. I believe he will be a very good player at the Capstone.

Alabama survived despite following the same recipe that got them beat against Wichita State last season. Alabama was cold from the perimeter, connecting on just 1 of their 8 attempts from downtown. But, Alabama overcame the poor outside shooting by getting to the free-throw line and connecting. Alabama hit 23 of their 28 attempts from the charity stripe.

Alabama shot 43% from the field in the game, while holding Wichita State to just 34%, and forcing the Shockers to 17 turnovers, while blocking 14 shots.

This was the closest game Alabama has played so far, but Wichita State never seriously threatened late in the game as Alabama hung on to the 10-point victory over a very good basketball team. Wichita State is projected by most to play in the NCAA tournament, and this was an impressive victory for the Tide.

Alabama is now 4-0 on the season and will face off with Purdue on Sunday night for the Puerto Rico Tip-off Championship. It gives the Tide another shot at a quality win out of this tournament. The tip is scheduled for 6:30 CT and will be televised by ESPN2.

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

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