|Detroit basketball coach Ray McCallum watches his team on defense in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Robert Sutton)|
Green leads No. 16 Alabama past Detroit
TUSCALOOSA, Ala.—JaMychal Green scored 21 points and No. 16 Alabama rebounded from a two-game losing streak to beat Detroit 62-54 on Sunday night.
Tony Mitchell added 15 points and freshman Nick Jacobs chipped in 13 in his first start for the Crimson Tide (8-2), which returned to a more characteristic defensive form after losses to Georgetown and at Dayton.
Detroit (5-7) trailed by 22 points late in the first half and failed to approach its 75.9-point scoring average. The Titans shot 32 percent (17 of 53) and missed all 12 3-point attempts.
Green made 7 of 9 from the field and 7 of 8 from the free throw line for the Tide.
Detroit's Ray McCallum scored 13 points after going into halftime without making a field goal, while Doug Anderson added 12 and Chase Simon had 10 on 2-of-11 shooting.
.Lamarcus Lowe was only 1 of 7 from the field for four points but also grabbed 10 rebounds.
Alabama had allowed a season-high 74 points and 61 percent shooting at Dayton, but played much stouter defense from the start in this one.
Detroit missed its first 11 shots and had only one point in the initial 6:47.
Alabama opened a 22-point lead late in the first half before Detroit finished with six straight free throws to start a 19-6 run extending well beyond halftime.
Green and Mitchell combined to outscore the Titans by a point in building a 38-22 halftime lead as the Tide held its sixth opponent in the first 10 games below 25 points in the first half.
The Detroit spurt cut it to 44-35 9 minutes into the second. Alabama had four turnovers and two ugly misses on consecutive possessions before cleaning up its act.
Green made 3 of 4 free throws with Anderson drawing his fourth foul on a technical, and then Mitchell hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key.
The Titans didn't push it back into single digits until Anderson's putback with 1:08 left but they couldn't get any closer.
The 6-foot-8, 250-pound Jacobs gave Alabama a bigger lineup in replacing fellow freshman Rodney Cooper in the starting lineup. He blocked a couple of shots but didn't have a rebound.
Detroit won the rebounding battle 38-31.