Jan. 8, 2011
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STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Alabama men's basketball team (9-6, 1-0 SEC) won its third straight Southeastern Conference opener by defeating the Mississippi State Bulldogs (8-7, 0-1 SEC) 75-57 Saturday afternoon at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, Miss.
The Crimson Tide was led by freshman guard Trevor Releford who posted 17 points, four rebounds and four assists. Senior forward JaMychal Green came away with his third double-double of the season scoring 16 and pulling down 11 rebounds.
"We're excited about opening up the SEC with a win in a hostile environment on the road," UA head coach Anthony Grant said. "I thought our guys did a real good job today of handling the emotion of the game and the emotion of starting the SEC season. We came out and played to our identity."
The Tide led for the majority of the game and took the lead for good at the 16:39 mark in the second half and a minute later took control of the game starting a 12-1 run that would span the next six minutes of the second half.
"We weren't able to get shots to fall in the first half," Grant added. "I thought we weathered that, and in the second half our defensive intensity continued and we executed in getting shots to fall in the second half."
Saturday's win was the first Tide victory away from Tuscaloosa this season. It also marked the sixth time Alabama opened its SEC slate in Starkville and was the Tide's fifth win in those matchups.
Alabama returns home to Coleman Coliseum Wednesday to host South Carolina in the conference home opener. The game is set for an 8 p.m. CST tip and will be televised by CSS.