Gordon Leads Bulldogs to 66-56 Win over Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Jamont Gordon scored 24 points and keyed a late run today in Mississippi State's 66-56 victory over Alabama.

The Bulldogs (13-5, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) led by as many as 13 points midway through the second half before Alabama (11-8, 0-4) made a final comeback attempt.

Senario Hillman hit a layup and free throw to bring the Tide to within 59-55 with less than four minutes left.

Then Gordon had a steal and dunk to start a 7-nothing run for the Bulldogs, who are the only SEC West team without a league loss.

Alabama didn't score again until Demetrius Jemison's free throw with 39 seconds left.

The Bulldogs made 12-of-26 3-pointers while Alabama was just 2-of-14.

Barry Stewart scored 16 points for Mississippi State.

Richard Hendrix led Alabama with 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting. He also had six rebounds and four assists.

Alonzo Gee finished with 10 points for the Tide, which was outscored 33-28 in each half.

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