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Alabama holds off Tennessee State 77-65

Dec 31, 2009 - 4:23 AM TUSCALOOSA, Ala.(AP) -- JaMychal Green scored 19 points and had eight rebounds to lead Alabama to a 77-65 victory over Tennessee State on Wednesday night.

Senario Hillman added 15 points and six assists for the Crimson Tide (9-4), who have won three of their past four games.

Alabama led for most of the game, but didn't pull away from the Tigers (3-10) until a 12-3 run gave the Crimson Tide a 67-56 lead with 3:25 left in the game.

Green scored eight straight points, stretching the Crimson Tide's lead from 61-54 with 4:59 left to 69-58 with 2:52 remaining.

Tennessee State shot 47.8 percent from the 3-point line (11-for-23).

Mikhail Torrance scored 14 points to go along with six rebounds and Justin Knox had 10 points and four steals for Alabama.

Josh Sain, who was 5-for-8 from the 3-point line, led the Tigers with 18 points, Wil Peters scored 16 points and Robert Covington added 15.