Rarely has one missed dunk been prelude to such a deluge for LSU basketball.
With the Tigers rallying from a 13-point deficit at Alabama, Duop Reath missed a dunk attempt that would have given the Tigers their first lead of the game early in the second half.
Instead, all hell broke loose for LSU. Alabama went on a 23-3 run over the next 10 minutes, cruising to an easy 80-65 win over the Tigers.
That arguably wasn’t even the worst stretch for the LSU offense. The Tigers went 7:24 without a field goal later in the second half, failing to make a shot between a Daryl Edwards 3 with 12:11 left and a Randy Onwuasor 3 with 4:22 remaining.
3 Keys to Alabama’s win over LSU
No LSU defense
Alabama shot 55 percent from the field and 48 percent (10 of 21) from 3-point range.
LSU had absolutely no answer for the high-flying Alabama forward, who scored 20 points on 8 of 10 shooting from the field.
Tremont Waters shut down
LSU’s 5-foot-9 point guard was limited against the longer, more physical Crimson Tide defense. Waters had a miserable night, finishing with 5 points on 2 of 12 shooting from the field. He was also minus-20 in point differential.
LSU-Alabama box score
What’s next for LSU basketball?
The Tigers (will have a challenge on their hands against Tigers of another stripe. Red-hot Missouri (18-5, 8-5 SEC), winner of five straight, pays a visit to Baton Rouge on Saturday afternoon. Mizzou is the hottest team in the league at the moment.
The game tips off at 1 p.m. CT at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
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