Alabama routs LSU in the first half, cruises in the second half to stay undefeated in the SEC

The SEC’s heavyweight delivered a technical knockout to his opponent earlier than the recreation was midway over.

Alabama buried LSU in a 37-point halftime gap Saturday by making 14 three-pointers in the first half, then cruised for the closing 20 minutes in Coleman Coliseum for a 106-66 win.

By the time the rout ended, Alabama had tried 54 three-pointers — tied for the second-most in SEC historical past. It made 20, the fourth-most in faculty historical past.

Alabama’s 40-point margin of victory was its largest in an SEC win since beating Auburn, 94-53, in 2005.

The closing outcome left little doubt the fourth-ranked Tide (15-2) is the SEC’s workforce to beat because it sits atop the convention standings with an unblemished 5-0 document, with a case to be the nation’s finest workforce when polls are up to date Monday.

Freshman Brandon Miller practically out-scored LSU by himself in the first half, netting 22 factors on 6-of-9 three-point capturing earlier than Alabama entered halftime with a 59-22 lead. It tried 33 three pointers in the first half, with the closing desperation heave from half-court by Jaden Bradley banking off the backboard and into the basket as time expired.

Alabama gamers celebrated with Bradley as they walked to the locker room for the break, with their 14 made triples leaving the rebuilding Tigers (12-5, 1-4 in SEC) with little shot of a second-half comeback.

Nate Oats turned to his bench for a lot of the second half and the three-point barrage subsided. Alabama ran 1-of-14 after halftime, with Miller connecting on his closing make of the day. He completed with 31 factors on 7-of-11 three-point capturing in a season-low 24 minutes.

But Alabama heated again up in the closing minutes, making 5 three-pointers in a row with lower than 5 minutes to play — the closing coming from walk-on Adam Cottrell to ship the sellout crowd of 13,474 right into a frenzy.

Walk-ons Delaney Heard and Jaden Quinerly launched two extra however missed in the closing 66 seconds.

Alabama’s 54 makes an attempt have been the most by a Division I workforce this season. That tied Arkansas’ 54 in a Dec. 30, 1998 win over North Texas as the most three-point makes an attempt in a regulation recreation in the SEC’s document e book, with Alabama’s 59 in a 2020 extra time loss at Auburn nonetheless standing as the convention’s document.

Saturday marked the second time this season Alabama reached 20 made three-pointers. It made 21 in a 42-point win over Jacksonville State in November, which was tied for the fourth-most in SEC historical past. Alabama owns the convention document of 23 makes in a 2021 street win at LSU.

Alabama’s 37-percent price on its three-pointers was tied as its eighth-best this season.

“We did not even shoot that nice, actually,” Oats stated. “We took a whole lot of them, however a whole lot of them got here on [offensive rebounds].”

After seeing its rebounding slip in latest video games, Alabama out-rebounded the Tigers, 52-38 — the Tide’s largest margin in an SEC recreation this season.

“I challenged our guys to be certain that they have been prepared to exit of the gate. We wanted to play more durable than them,” Oats stated. “I assumed our rebounding at the begin of the recreation was excellent. At one level early in the recreation, the second-chance factors have been 18-3.”

Alabama turned the ball over solely eight instances, the third time in the previous 4 video games it has stored its turnovers in the single digits. It had double-digit turnovers in all of its different video games this season.

Alabama made 80 p.c of its free throws (16-20), its third-highest price of the season. It held LSU to 29.5 p.c capturing from the area, the third-worst mark in opposition to Alabama this season, though the Tigers shot 38 p.c (8-of-21) on three pointers.

“Our protection in the first half, our offensive rebounding, a whole lot of effort stuff — that is what I used to be most pleased with,” Oats stated. “That’s what we instructed our guys our focus was going to be on. The offense will maintain itself. Let’s be certain that we play more durable. The blue collar factors we chart, we had [LSU] doubled in the recreation.”

Miller was joined in scoring double digits by Mark Sears (12 factors), Rylan Griffen (12), Jahvon Quinerly (12) and Nick Pringle (10). Quinerly shot 4-of-8 on three-pointers, his most makes from past the arc this season.

Alabama performs on the street twice subsequent week, at Vanderbilt on Tuesday night time and at Missouri subsequent Saturday.

“I’m not essentially calling this a press release win,” Oats stated. “I do know we made a whole lot of threes. We’re going to have to come out and do it once more on the street at Vanderbilt to give you the option to maintain the lead [in the SEC].”

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Mike Rodak is an Alabama beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @mikerodak.

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