Releford, Alabama beat Oklahoma State 69-52

By John Zenor

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 21 2011 9:10 p.m. MST

An Alabama fan holds a sign referencing Oklahoma State's loss to Iowa State during the football season allowing Alabama to play for the BCS National Championship game against LSU in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Alabama and Oklahoma State in Birmingham, Ala., Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011.

Robert Sutton, Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Trevor Releford scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half to help shorthanded Alabama beat Oklahoma State 69-52 Wednesday night.

The Crimson Tide (9-3), unranked for the first time this season, had lost three of its last four games and leading scorer JaMychal Green didn't dress because of a nagging right shoulder injury.

The Cowboys (6-5) cut a 19-point second-half deficit briefly down to single digits before dropping their third straight game at the site about an hour from Alabama's campus.

Tony Mitchell had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Tide, while freshman Trevor Lacey added 12 in his first start.

Le'Bryan Nash led Oklahoma State with 17 and Jean-Paul Olukemi scored 12.

Alabama snapped out of a perimeter shooting slump by hitting six 3-pointers in the first half.

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