Alabama beats Mississippi State 75-43

Alabama beats Mississippi State 75-43
January 16, 2013, 11:07 pm
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Mississippi State guard Craig Sword (32) shoots a basket over Alabama guard Trevor Lacey (5) in the first half of their NCAA college basketball game in Starkville, Miss., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Levi Randolph scored 18 points, Rodney Cooper added 17 and Alabama coasted to a 75-43 victory over Mississippi State on Wednesday night.

Alabama (10-6, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) opened the second half with five consecutive 3-pointers - including the first three from Trevor Lacey - to push a 30-22 halftime lead into an insurmountable 45-22 advantage. It was part of a 21-0 run dating back to the first half.

The Crimson Tide made 8 of 13 shots (61.5 percent) from 3-point range and 31 of 58 (53.4 percent) from the field overall. Nick Jacobs added 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Mississippi State (7-8, 2-1) had its three-game winning streak snapped. Fred Thomas led the Bulldogs with 10 points while Craig Sword added nine. The Bulldogs were outrebounded 35-23 and committed 21 turnovers.