Tide improve to 10-0 in SEC play
4 hours ago Alabama Athletics Photo: Alabama AthleticsTUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Five players scored in double figures and the reserves contributed 34 points to lead the No. 10/7 Alabama men’s basketball team past LSU 78-60 on Wednesday night in Coleman Coliseum. The Crimson Tide (15-4) improved to 10-0 in SEC play with the victory, which is the second-best start in conference play in program history (1955-56 team finished the year with a perfect 14-0 record).
Guard Jaden Shackelford led the Tide with 19 points, while forward Alex Reese added 13 points and four rebounds. Forward Juwan Gary had career highs of 12 points and seven rebounds while guards Jahvon Quinerly and Keon Ellis both added 10.
The Tide used a big 18-4 run over the first 7:22 of the second half to turn a six-point 36-30 halftime advantage into a 20-point lead and cruised from there to the victory. It’s the first season sweep of the Tigers since the 2016-17 campaign.
LSU (11-6, 5-4 SEC) was led by Cameron Thomas’ game-high 22 points on the night.
Coach Nate Oats Postgame Comments
“I thought this was a quality win. We obviously didn’t play well offensively as far as shooting the ball. We had a few too many turnovers, but we have to find ways to win when we’re not hitting threes. LSU came out and guarded us a lot better than they did the first time. We kind of expected that. They have some pride over there and what we did to them at their gym, we anticipated them playing us a lot better. We went 6-of-24 from the three, which was obviously not ideal. Jaden Shackelford and John Petty, two of the better shooters in the league, weren’t necessarily on fire tonight. I thought we did some other good things, outrebounding them by 16. I thought we did a really good job defensively. Cam Thomas got going early, with 11 quick ones and ended the game with 22. I thought the last 30 minutes of the game we did a good job on him. Trendon (Watford) goes 3-of-13, he ended up with nine rebounds and a lot of those were his own misses. I thought our guys did a really good job, especially without Herbert (Jones). I think Herb is the best defender in the league and he got four fouls, while still being banged up. Reese stepped in and did a great job on Trendon and Juwan Gary did a great job as well. It’s a big win and it creates some separation between us and the rest of the league.”
Alabama shot 47.8 percent (33-of-69) from the field while holding LSU to just 30.8 percent (20-of-65)
The Tide dominated the boards, grabbing 51 rebounds to LSU’s 35 which led to 17 second chance points for the Tide compared to just four for the Tigers
Alabama bullied the Tigers inside, scoring a season-high 52 points in the paint and holding the Tigers to 26
The Tide bench scored 34 of the Tide’s 78 points while the LSU reserve contributed just seven
UA had a big advantage at the free throw line, knocking down 16-of-22 (72.7 percent) from the charity stripe, while LSU finished 6-of-6
After starting the game evenly, Alabama found its rhythm with a 16-7 run, knocking down 6-of-7 field goals during that span to take an 18-11 lead at the 11:32 mark
LSU used a quick 5-0 spurt to cut the Tide’s lead to two, however, Alabama responded with a 10-2 run to go up 28-18 with 6:54 left to play in the opening stanza
The Tigers added a 7-2 mini run to shrink the Tide’s lead to 30-25 at the under four media time out Alabama outscored LSU 6-5 the rest of the way to take the 36-30 lead into the locker room at the half
The Tide dominated inside in the first half with 24 points in the paint and 24 rebounds to the Tigers 12 points in the paint and 19 rebounds
The Tide shot 41.2 percent (14-of-34) from the field in the first half while holding the Tigers to 34.4 percent (11-of-32)
Alabama began the second half with a 9-2 run to take the 45-32 lead at the first media time out
The Tide added a 7-0 spurt to its total run of 18-4 to take a 20-point lead at 54-34 with 12:53 remaining
In all, Alabama led by as many as 22 points and outscored LSU 42-30 in the second half to pull away from the Tigers
The Tide defense shut down LSU in the second half, limiting the Tigers to 9-of-33 shooting (27.3 percent) while converting 19-of-35 (54.3 percent) from the field
The Tide will next travel to take on No. 18/17 Missouri, which is in second play in the SEC at 12-3 overall and 5-3 in league play. That contest is slated to tip off at 11 a.m. CT and will be televised on ESPN.