- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Mississippi State couldn’t execute its plan for containing Trevor Releford, and the Alabama star took full advantage.

Releford scored 28 points, nailed six 3-pointers and led the Crimson Tide to an 80-61 win over the Bulldogs on Wednesday night.

“When you don’t carry out scouting assignments against a good player, he’s going to have some success,” Bulldogs coach Rick Ray said. “We wanted to make sure we took away some opportunities from Releford, and we didn’t do that.”

Releford was 10-of-13 shooting for the Tide (8-8, 2-1 Southeastern Conference), which has won a league-high 14 consecutive SEC home games.

Shannon Hale added 12 points for Alabama, Retin Obasohan had 11 and Rodney Cooper 10.

Releford was 6 of 9 from 3-point range and is averaging 22 points over the last five games. Obasohan also had four blocked shots and three steals.

“Offensively the second half we really got into a flow,” Alabama coach Anthony Grant said. “Trevor was tremendous tonight, and not just with the points. I thought he really led our team with the way he played.

“It’s great to see the ball go in and these guys have success.”

Gavin Ware’s 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting led Mississippi State (11-5, 1-2), which was held within three points of its season-low in scoring. Craig Sword scored 12 points.

The Bulldogs had managed 58 in an early win over Jackson State and 63 against Kentucky a week ago. They were coming off a win over rival Mississippi but couldn’t sustain that play. Ray said he didn’t like what he saw even in the pre-game shootaround.

“We’ve got to find a way for our guys to learn how to deal with success,” he said. “We haven’t had a lot of success here, but when we do our guys get so wrapped up in that success and don’t carry it over to the next game and know who we are as a team.”

Alabama shot 52.6 percent (30 of 57) from the floor and made 10 3-pointers.

It was a dominant performance for the Tide, which led by 12 at halftime after scoring just 58 points in a road loss to Georgia.

The Tide has won the last four meetings and six straight over the Bulldogs at Coleman Coliseum.

Releford hit two 3-pointers in a 36-second span and Hale hit a third to give Alabama a 56-37 lead with 12:19 left.

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