Alabama found a way to blow Mississippi State away in the second half of last night’s game. Read all about it in today’s news paper …
TUSCALOOSA — Amid the hubbub outside the Alabama locker room, a few youngsters shouted for the attention of JaMychal Green and posed for a photo.
The party was on, but the story wasn’t just Green’s return from a four-game suspension. No, Coleman Coliseum rocked again for a larger victory with another freshman stepping into the hero seat.
Alabama 67, Mississippi State 50.
This time, it was Levi Randolph’s turn to light the flame after Trevor Lacey and Rodney Cooper had the honor recently. The Crimson Tide’s third straight win saw the Bob Jones High graduate score a career-high 18 points, 13 of which came in a head-spinning second-half explosion.
With it, Alabama (19-9, 7-6 SEC) played itself closer to an NCAA tournament at-large bid and distanced itself further from recent turmoil. For the Bulldogs (19-10, 6-8), the fifth-straight loss gave MSU coach Rick Stansbury his second-longest skid in 14 seasons. The 50 points also marked a season low.
Alabama coach Anthony Grant called the second half “a dominating performance all the way around.”
Tied 25-25 after 20 minutes, Alabama outscored the visitors 16-5 in the first five minutes of the half. The efficiency of the run resembled the 16-0 spurt Florida had Feb. 14 against the Tide after playing to a 26-26 halftime tie.
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