Alabama defeats Georgia State 75-58

MARC TORRENCE
The Associated Press
Alabama defeats Georgia State 75-58
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Georgia State forward Curtis Washington (42) goes to the basket despite the defense of Alabama forward Jimmie Taylor (10) during the first half of an preseason NIT south region basketball game in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

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.