January 16, 2013
Tide turn the lights out in Starkville
STARKVILLE, Miss., - Humphrey Coliseum had no electricity just minutes before tipoff of Wednesday night's game against Alabama.
But it was not until the second half when the lights went out on Mississippi State.
Alabama buried five consecutive 3-pointers in the first three minutes of the second half and never looked back hanging a 75-43 loss on the Bulldogs, the second largest loss inside "The Hump".
"The biggest disappointment I have is the fact we didn't compete," said MSU head coach Rick Ray. "We've lost some games and been beaten badly on the court before but I always felt like our competitive nature was really good. i didn't feel that way at all today. I didn't feel in one aspect of the game that we competed."
The Crimson Tide shot 53.4-percent from the field and drained 8-of-13 behind the arc to improve to 10-6 on the year and 2-1 in conference play. Alabama outrebounded the Bulldogs 35-23 and outscored them in the paint 38-18.
"We were able to have some success defensively to start the second half which created some transition opportunities for us," said Alabama head coach Anthony Grant. "We were able to get some shots to fall which opened the game up for us. It was a good road win for us in the SEC. Hopefully we can carry the momentum forward as we get ready for our next game."
Levi Randolph led the way for the Tide scoring 18 points on 7-of-9 shoooting including a pair of treys.
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