Da Boot Sports
By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA - The Tigers returned home to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center looking to bounce back from their loss at Tennessee. But the season woes for LSU continued on as they fell to Alabama, 109-92.
It was a very competitive and exciting game until about five minutes remaining. That's when LSU got sloppy and fell apart. Turnovers, inability to rebound and missing shots off of poor shot selection doomed the Tigers in front of a small crowd of 7,755 fans.
Alabama made 18 three pointers that helped them pull away at key moments of the ball game.
LSU finished the game a respectable 33-60 from the floor for 55%, while hitting 7-19 from behind the arc for 37%. They were 19-26 from the free throw line for 73%. LSU committed 12 total turnover in the game, several came late in the contest that hurt their chances for victory. The Tigers were also out-rebounded by the Tide, 43-31.
Will Baker lead the Tigers with 24 points. But wasn't a factor in the second half after scoring 22 in the first period. Jalen Cook scored 20 points, Tyrell Ward added 15, while Jordan Wright finished with 9 points, Jalen Reed with 8, and Mike Williams III contributed 6 points on the day.
The game began with a fast and furious track meet pace, as both team's raced up and down the floor sinking in shot after shot.
Will Baker hit a three pointer at the 15:52 mark to give the Tigers a 16-13 lead.
LSU held an 18-17 lead at the first officials timeout with 14:00 left in the first half. At this point in the contest the Tigers were hot, making 8-10 of their shots from the floor for 80%, while the Tide shot a nice 7-12 for 58% in a fun, fast pace game.
Over the next six minutes Alabama would outscore the Tigers, 17-12 to take a 34-30 advantage with 7:54 left in the first half of a very competitive game that had 15 lead chances up to this point.
The first half ended with Alabama holding a 49-46 lead. It was a well played first half, except for several unfortunate, questionable calls against the Tigers.
Alabama lived by the three point shot during the first 20 minutes, hitting nine treys.
The Tigers shot well in the first half, going 19-32 from the floor for 59%. LSU sank 4-8 from behind the three point line for 50%. A decent half at the charity stripe sinking 4-6 for 67%. LSU committed five turnovers to Bama's three. The rebound battle was even at 18-18 at the break.
It was the Will Baker show for the Tigers in the first half as he finished the first 20 minutes with 22 points. Jalen Reed added 7 points, Tyrell Ward scored 6 points, while Mike Williams III finished with three. Four other Tigers contributed two points each.
Each team opened the second half hitting a three pointer. Ryan Griffen sank one for Bama, their 10th of the game, followed by a three pointer by LSU's Mike Williams III. 52-49, Bama, one minute into the period.
LSU would go cold from the floor and the free throw line over the next four minutes as the Tide was able to extend their lead to 60-51 with 16:08 left on the clock.
Over the next four minutes LSU would outscore Alabama, 14-11 to pull to within, 71-65 at the 11:53 mark.
The Tigers would go on a 6-0 run to tie the game at 71-71 with 10:14 left in the contest.
Alabama would then go on a 7-4 run over the next two minutes to grab a 78-75 lead at the 7:56 mark.
The Tide continued to remain blazing hot from three point range, hitting four more treys over the next two minutes to increase their lead to 93-82 with 5:03 remaining.
The LSU offense simply went missing in action over the final five minutes of the contest as the Crimson Tide was able to pull away to take the victory.
With the loss the Tigers are now, 12-11 overall and fall to 4-6 in SEC play.
Next up the Tigers will travel to Gainesville to play the Gators on Tuesday, Feb. 13th at 7:00pm. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.
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