Postgame Notes from Alabama's win over Mississippi State

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ROLLTIDEDOTCOM

Feb. 20, 2013

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• Alabama and Mississippi State met for the 190th time in series history – the most times UA has played any one opponent in program history. With tonight’s victory, the Tide owns a 117-73 edge in the all-time series, including wins in five of the last six contests played between the two teams. Alabama improves to 74-16 in all-time games against the Bulldogs at home, including a 37-8 mark at Coleman Coliseum.

• Alabama has swept the season series with Mississippi State for the second time in the last three years.

• With the victory over Mississippi State on Wednesday, the Crimson Tide captured its 10th league win and secured a winning record in SEC play. It marked the third straight season Alabama has a record over .500 in conference play – the first time that has happened since achieving the feat during the 1994, 1995 and 1996 seasons.

Rodney Cooper finished with a season-high 20 points and a career-best 10 rebounds. It was his first career double-double and Alabama’s second double-double of the season. The only other double-double was recorded by Nick Jacobs, which also came against Mississippi State in Starkville on Jan. 16 (16 points, 11 rebounds).

Trevor Releford finished the night with 17 points. He now has 1,139 points for his career, moving him past Tony Mitchell (1,128) and into 38th on the school’s all-time scoring list. It also marked is team-leading 19th double-digit game of the year.

• Releford and Cooper were a combined 12-of-20 (.600) from the floor against Mississippi State. The rest of Alabama’s team went 8-of-31 (.258)

• The Crimson Tide finished with a season-best 18 steals on the night, which is just four steals shy of matching the school record of 22, which was set Dec. 14, 2001 vs. Jacksonville State. Alabama improves to 15-3 on the year when recording at least eight steals in a contest.

• Junior Trevor Releford matched his season high with five steals in the victory and now has 175 takeaways for his career. He moves into a sole possession of second overall among the all-time steals leaders. Releford needs only two more steals to become the program’s all-time leader in the category, currently held by Senario Hillman (176 career steals), who achieved the feat in four years (2007-10).

• Alabama led, 31-20, at intermission and went on to capture a 64-56 victory over Mississippi State. The Crimson Tide is now 13-4 when leading at halftime.

• Alabama has now held 18 of its 25 opponents this season, and 11 straight SEC foes, to under 60 points in a game. The Tide has a record of 14-4 when achieving the feat. In four seasons at UA under head coach Anthony Grant, the Tide has held teams to 60 or fewer points a total of 69 times, going 57-13 (.814) when doing so.

• The Crimson Tide has now won five of its last six games and 10 of its last 12 overall. In fact, during the months of November (6-0), January (6-2) and February (5-1),  UA has a combined record of 17-3 (Alabama went 1-5 during the month of December).

• Sophomore guard Rodney Cooper kept his double-figure scoring streak alive, finishing with a season-best 20 points on the night. He has now reached double digits in six straight contests and seven of the last eight games. He is second on the team with 17 games this season in double figures.

• Redshirt freshman Retin Obasohan had a career-high five steals on the night. He has nine steals in his last four contests (2.3 steals per game).

• Sophomore guard Trevor Lacey is the only player to have started every game on the year.