NIT Championship Extras

Laura Owens

By the Numbers:

0 | Number of NIT championships Alabama has won. The team has only played in the championship game two times.

50 | Percent Wichita State shot from the field, going 23-for-46.

38 | Percent Alabama shot from the field, going 21-for-56.

9 | Number of times the lead changed. Alabama held a lead for most of the first half, but then gave it up before halftime. They only led twice in the second half, and neither time was for very long.

8:07 | The length of time Green was out after picking up his fourth foul in the second half. During that time, Wichita State went on a 15-9 run, giving them a 61-52 lead. He came back in with three minutes left.

3 | Three of Alabama’s highest scorers are coming back for next season: JaMychal Green, Tony Mitchell and Trevor Releford

 

Player of the Game:

Wichita State’s Graham Hatch was 4-4 from behind the arc, giving the Shockers over half of their three-pointers for the game. With Alabama’s inability to score, those threes put the game beyond the Tide’s reach.

Quote of the Game:

“I’m proud of our seniors. You want to play for a championship and end this thing the right way for our seniors. I’m proud of the effort those guys gave us. For our younger guys, I think this is a great building block and learning experience as we continue to build our program with the aspirations to play for a championship.”

-Head coach Anthony Grant

Key Moment:

Graham Hatch hit two three-pointers in the span of about a minute, boosting Wichita State‘s lead from six to 12 quickly. After those two threes, it took Alabama another minute and a half to score again.

The Difference:

Alabama only converted 38 percent of its field goals, while Wichita State converted 50 percent. The shots weren’t falling for the Tide, and defensively, they couldn’t make the stops.

Team Leaders:

Alabama

Points: T. Mitchell (13)

Rebounds: T. Mitchell (12)

Assists: B. Eblen (2)

 

Wichita State

Points: J. T. Durley, G. Hatch (12)

Rebounds: G. Blair (7)

Assists: B. Smith (5)