Alabama basketball picked up a crucial 81-66 SEC road victory over LSU behind a 24-point performance from guard Corban Collins on Saturday afternoon.
Crimson Tide guard/forward Riley Norris put in 20 points while forward Donta Hall added 13 points.
The win moved Alabama to 10-6 overall and 3-1 in conference play. LSU had control of the game for much of the contest, but the Tigers went cold while Alabama shot well from the field in the second half.
Player of the game
In his first matchup against his old team, Collins carried a big portion of Alabama’s offense. Collins signed with LSU out of high school before transferring to Morehead State, and ending up at Alabama as a graduate transfer this season.
Collins had a game-high 24 points, knocking down 7-of-11 3-point attempts.
Stat line of the game
LSU turned the ball over 18 times, and Alabama was able to capitalize on most of the Tigers mistakes.
Alabama scored 25 points off turnovers while LSU could only manage 8 points off of Alabama’s mishaps.
Both teams like to use their length to force opponents into mistakes, and Alabama did a better job of that in this game.
Turning point vs. LSU
Alabama used a 16-2 run late in the second half to take a 67-56 lead over the Tigers. Alabama made four consecutive field goals during that stretch to take full control of the contest.
Conversely, LSU couldn’t hit anything as the Tigers made just 1-of-4 attempts and committed 4 turnovers while the Tide had its run. LSU led for much of the afternoon, but that one cold stretch doomed the Tigers and allowed Alabama to move ahead.
What’s next for Alabama basketball
Alabama continues SEC play on Wednesday with a home matchup against Missouri. Tip-off from Coleman Coliseum is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
Alabama will be back on the road next Saturday for a date with in-state rival Auburn on Jan. 21. That game is scheduled to tip off at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN2.