MissSt 56
Alabama 31 33 64
Date of game: 2/20/2013

Recap: Alabama vs. Miss State

Tuscaloosa, AL (Sports Network) - Rodney Cooper scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to notch his first-career double-double as the Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Mississippi State Bulldogs, 64-56, in an SEC bout at Coleman Coliseum.

Trevor Releford tallied 17 points for Alabama (18-8, 10-3 SEC) while Trevor Lacey added 11 points before fouling out. The Crimson Tide have won four straight games and six of their last seven.

Jalen Steele paced Mississippi State (7-18, 2-11) with 15 points off the bench. Colin Borchert chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds.

Alabama led 31-20 thanks to stout defense which held Mississippi State to 8- of-26 shooting in the first half and 1-of-9 from 3-point range while forcing nine Bulldogs' turnovers.

The Bulldogs shot 54.5 percent in the second half and 5-of-11 from 3-point range, however their comeback attempt fell short when Releford and Cooper scored consecutive baskets at the rim with 2:24 remaining.

Despite the loss, the Mississippi State reserves outscored their counterparts, 23-10. The Crimson Tide improved to 117-73 all-time over the Bulldogs.

Game Notes

Winston cleared of FSU conduct violations

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was found not to have violated the university's conduct code over allegations that he sexually assaulted a fellow student in December 2012.

Giants acquire McGehee from Marlins

The San Francisco Giants have acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league pitchers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.

Vancouver's Hansen collapses on bench

Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen collapsed on the bench during the second period of Saturday's game against the Calgary Flames and had to be helped to the locker room.

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