January 8, 2011

State rolled by the Tide

STARKVILLE, Miss., - Mississippi State overcame a slow start to pull within one point heading into the locker room at halftime against Alabama.

But the Crimson Tide were simply too much in the second half outscoring their twin state rival by 17 points in the final 20 minutes claiming a 75-57 victory in the conference opener for both.

"To pull within one point in the first half as horrible as we'd played, I felt like we won the half," said MSU head coach Rick Stansbury. "I didn't think we could play any worse and then I found out the second half that we could."

Alabama (9-6, 1-0) shot 60-percent in the second half and 49.2-percent for the game. The Tide also played well on the defensive end of the floor holding MSU to without a field goal for nearly seven minutes in the final half.

"We had opportunities to get the lead and didn't do it," Stansbury said. "They came down in the first seven or eight minutes of that second half and spurted out to 10 or 12 and that's where it was at and we never recovered from it. The basket got bigger for them and tighter for us."

Trevor Releford led Alabama scoring a game-high 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting.

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