Jan. 15, 2014
Box Score |
• Alabama and Mississippi State played for the 192nd time in series history, which is the most times the Tide has played any one opponent in program lore. With the win, the Tide owns a 118-73 edge in the all-time series, including wins in six of the last seven contests played between the two teams.
• With the 80-61 win, Alabama owns a record of 75-16 in all-time games against the Bulldogs at home, including a 38-8 mark at Coleman Coliseum. Anthony Grant improves to 7-2 in nine games he has coached against the Bulldogs, including a perfect 5-0 mark in Coleman Coliseum.
• This year’s match-up marked the lone meeting between the two schools. It is the first time in 50 years (dating back to the 1963-64 season) that Alabama and Mississippi State will play just once during the regular season.
• Trevor Releford finished with a game-high 28 points in the victory. It marked his 17th straight game in double figures dating back to last season. Moreover, it was his fifth 20-point game of the year and the ninth time he led the Tide in scoring this season.
• With his 28 points on the night, Releford moved past Melvin Cheatum (1988-91) and into 14th on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,585 points in his career.
• Releford finished the contest shooting 10-of-13 from the floor and tied his career highs with 6-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc.
• Alabama outrebounded Mississippi State, 33-28, in the victory. It is the eighth time this season that the Tide has won the battle of the boards this season, improving to 7-1 in such contests.
• The Bulldogs had 18 free throw attempts, compared to 16 attempts for Alabama. It was the first win this season when the Tide has fewer attempts at the charity stripe than its opponent (1-5).
• Alabama had a season-high 10 three-pointers made and 25 three-pointers attempted vs. Mississippi State
• Freshman forward Shannon Hale finished with his third-straight double-figure scoring contest in SEC play, closing with 12 points in a career-high 33 minutes. In SEC play, Hale is averaging 13.7 points per game.
• The Tide had 17 assists, which tied for the second-most assists in a game this season.
• Alabama shot 52.6 percent from the floor, which was the fourth time this year the Tide has shot better than 50 percent in a contest. Alabama is 4-0 this season when reaching the mark in a game.
• Mississippi State came into the game leading the SEC and was 10th in the nation in steals per game at 9.6 spg. However, the Bulldogs were limited to only three steals on the night.
• Alabama will next travel to Columbia, Mo., where it will take on the Missouri Tigers on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m. CT on ESPN2.