Alabama basketball fought difficult to take down LSU in Tuscaloosa but came up short, fading down the stretch in a difficult 74-69 decline.
LSU was as well a great deal for Alabama basketball Saturday in Tuscaloosa. Following an early 7- deficit fueled by empty possessions, the Tide attained its composure and fought back again difficult the rest of the way. The Alabama Crimson Tide led by 6 details 2 times in the recreation, the past time at the 10:38 level of the 2nd half.
John Petty led the Crimson Tide in scoring with 23 details. Petty was large in a late, initially half, scoring spurt, scoring 11 details in a five-moment span. Together with a three by Herbert Jones and baskets by Kira Lewis and Riley Norris, Petty’s burst turned an 11-level LSU guide to just just one level at halftime.
In the 2nd half, LSU led by just just one level with 1:33 still left in the contest. The Bengal Tigers completed with 10 details aided by two Crimson Tide turnovers. Alabama basketball countered with 6 details on two threes from John Petty.
The recreation was just one Alabama basketball could have gained. In fairness to LSU, it was not a recreation the Crimson Tide should have gained. LSU is the much better staff. The Bengal Tigers are excellent ample to make some true noise in the NCAA Tournament. They benefit possessions and almost never take terrible shots. They can get the ball into the paint off the dribble and when they do, they usually finish.
Opponents getting comfortable in ball possession get it swiped by LSU. They did it to the Tide 9 times on Saturday. The Tide obtained just one steal. And they rebound well, as evident by beating the Tide on the boards 48-40.
There have been encouraging signals for Alabama basketball in the decline. Avery Johnson 2 times improved the recreation positively for the Crimson Tide. A swap to a zone protection was pretty effective in the initially half. His complex foul appeared to inject a lot more fight into his staff.
Riley Norris struggled outdoors the arc, hitting only 1-for-5 but was exceptional in each other way. He fought difficult in the course of scoring 13 details and pulling down 9 rebounds. His emotional enjoy lifted his teammates. Two a lot more Tide players had robust games. Donta Hall scored 14 details and added 10 rebounds. Herbert Jones scored 13 details while introducing three rebounds and five helps.
An ailing Dazon Ingram was ineffective as was a healthy Tevin Mack. Put together they have been -for-7 in 25 minutes of enjoy. Kira Lewis struggled in shot assortment and scoring. The youngster was 3-for-16 but did increase 4 rebounds and 4 helps.
Heading 13-for-23 out the foul line harm the Tide. LSU was not a great deal much better at 14-for-22. The massive distinctions in the recreation have been the steals and rebounding edges for LSU and the Tigers getting in addition-10 details in the paint. LSU made a ton of dribble travel shots. Alabama skipped as well numerous.
What now for the Big Dance? The Tide will be fantastic if it beats Auburn on Tuesday. Get rid of to the Tigers and wins versus Arkansas on the highway and two SEC Tournament opponents will be necessary.