MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Joshua Freelove scored 21 points, and Alabama State took control with a 9-2 run to open the second half and went on to beat Auburn Montgomery 73-50 on Saturday.
Luther Page had 16 points and nine rebounds for Alabama State (4-7) in the battle of the Montgomery teams.
Alabama State shot 11 of 33 from the field and 1 of 16 from 3-point range in the first half -- the Spartans led only 28-27 at the break -- then made 18 of 24 from the field and 4 of 9 on 3-pointers in the second half.
From 42-35 at 12:43 of the second half, Alabama State eventually pushed the advantage to 67-43 at 3:42.
The Hornets lead the series 25-7.
Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman will withdraw from the NBA draft, but sources told ESPN he might explore other opportunities besides returning to Mississippi State.
Seton Hall sophomore Isaiah Whitehead will stay in the NBA draft and not return for his junior season.
Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.