Alabama Tops Georgia State in Pre-Season NIT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Trevor Releford scored 19 points to lead Alabama to a 75-58 win over Georgia State in the NIT season tip-off.

Retin Obasohan added 18 points and three blocks for Alabama, which is now on a three-game winning streak.

Rashaad Richardson led the Panthers with 16 points and Manny Atkins added 14.

The Crimson Tide (3-1) will play No. 6 Duke at Madison Square Garden in the semifinal round of the preseason tournament on Nov. 27.

With the score tied at 19 with 9:29 left in the first half, Alabama went on a 15-2 run over the next 4:12 to break the game open and take the lead for good.

The Crimson Tide started the second half with an 11-2 run that gave them a 17-point lead. They eventually extended the lead to as many as 23.

Georgia State will face FIU next on Nov. 30.

AP-WF-11-20-13 0359GMT


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