TUSCALOOSA, Alabama (Ticker) -- Earnest Shelton made sure there would be no repeat of last season against Alabama's oldest conference opponent.
Shelton scored 23 of his career-high 34 points in the first half as No. 22 Alabama handed 19th-ranked Mississippi State third worst loss in school history, a 98-49 defeat in a Southeastern Conference contest.
The Bulldogs handed the Crimson Tide their last home loss, an 82-81 overtime thriller last March. Alabama has won nine straight at Coleman Coliseum since that loss and improved to 107-65 in a series that dates to 1913.
Mississippi State lost by 57 points, 115-58, at Arkansas in 1993 and by 49, 113-64, at Louisville in 1954.
Shelton, who made 13-of-22 shots, scored 14 points with four 3-pointers and a pair of free throws over a 2:30 span as the Crimson Tide opened a 37-12 lead with 4:41 left in the first half. A pair of 3-pointers by Kennedy Winston in the last two minutes helped Alabama to a 49-18 cushion at the break.
Winston scored 24 points on 8-of-16 shooting and Chuck Davis added 14 for the Crimson Tide (14-3, 3-1 SEC West), who shot 57 percent (34-of-60) and made 12-of-25 from the arc.
"Obviously, we shot the ball well," Alabama coach Mark Gottfried said. "Our guys are really executing the offense really well. We have a really, really unselfish team. We have guys that want to pass the ball - they look to pass it, they're trying to find the open guy."
Alabama freshman point guard Ronald Steele, who scored just two points on 1-of-3 shooting, handed out 10 assists.
The Bulldogs, meanwhile, shot 36 percent (17-of-47) and missed all 11 3-point attempts.
"I liked our defense in the first half," Gottfried said. "I thought we were down in a stance and playing smart. I thought that the defense was really the key to everything. They gave us a chance to build a lead because they weren't making field goals.
Lawrence Roberts scored 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting for Mississippi State (15-4, 3-2), but the rest of the team was just 11-of-35.