MONTGOMERY, Alabama (Ticker) -- Alabama State slowed the tempo but could not totally slow down No. 18 Alabama.
The Crimson Tide were held to 20 points below its season average but still managed to pull away from the Hornets for a 72-54 victory.
Alabama (7-1) entered the game leading the country in scoring at 91.7 points per game and scored 102 in a triple-overtime win at Charlotte on Saturday. In this one the Tide got out to leads of 11-4 and 19-6 in the first half and cruised to victory.
The Hornets shot just 9-of-35 from the field in the first half and fell behind, 41-22.
"Our inability to score points was the difference in the game," Alabama State coach Rob Spivery said. "Alabama's size had a lot to do with some of our problems on the night."
Kennedy Winston, coming off a career-high 33 point performance Saturday, led Alabama with 21 points. Chuck Davis added 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Crimson Tide, who shot 56 percent (28-of-50) and knocked down 8-of-20 3-pointers.
Winston hit 4-of-6 from beyond the arc and added seven rebounds and five assists.
Alabama State (1-4) has never beaten Alabama in five meetings. The Hornets were able to hold the Crimson Tide to a season low in points but shot just 33 percent from the floor.
With a 14-5 run early in the second half, Alabama State pulled within 46-34 but did not get any closer.
"My guys gave good effort," Spivery said. "They didn't give up at all."
George Savage hit 4-of-7 from the arc and scored 14 points off the bench for Alabama State. Jermaine Smith added 10.