Only three of Alabama's current players were eligible the last time the Crimson Tide beat Auburn on February 27, 2016.
"I was able to get hot at the right moment and that's what we needed", Peters said.
However Alabama's Braxton Key, who scored a team-high 16 for the Tide, scored on a layup with 1:14 left to put Alabama up for good. John Petty had nine points on 3-of-11 shooting after hitting eight 3-pointers in Wednesday night's upset of No. 17 Auburn.
Instead, it's Locksley, who is in his third year with Alabama.
"They were the aggressors and we were on our heels", MSU coach Ben Howland said.
The Tide closed things out with a pair of Dazon Ingram free throws and a dunk by Herbert Jones in the final 17 seconds. "I was really proud of the fight our guys had, roaring back to give us a chance there".
Daniel Giddens scored the first points for Alabama in the game on Saturday night and his name continued to get called the rest of the night.
"I have no expectations until I can see him out on the floor today", Johnson said Friday afternoon of Sexton's availability today. Quinndary Weatherspoon added 12 points, while Abdul Ado and Aric Holman each added 11 points.
Mississippi St: Has lost 11 in a row on the road dating back to last season.
Saban closed with a pledge he's made every time he's stood atop those stadium steps, challenging his players - both in uniform and the recruits in the reserved seats down in front - never to be satisfied.
The Bulldogs began chipping away at the deficit in the second half, outscoring Alabama 32-13 to tie the game at 54 by the 6:50 mark.
Alabama: Made just 9 of 29 shots in the second half (31 percent).
It was an incredible spot to be in considering the Bulldogs once trailed by 20 points in the first half and were down 19 at halftime.
While Sexton remains a "game-time decision" to play against Mississippi State, according to Johnson, Hall "should be available" after returning to action in a limited role Wednesday, just five days after undergoing wrist surgery.
Mississippi St. visits No. 18 Kentucky on Tuesday night.