The University of Alabama men’s basketball team got its first road win in Southeastern Conference play with a 74-66 victory at LSU on Saturday night.
Sophomore guard Dazon Ingram led the Crimson Tide with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Alabama finished with a 40-24 edge in rebounding as it turned up the defensive pressure in the second half.
It was also without junior forward Donta Hall, who had a surgical procedure on his wrist and is expected to miss approximately 10 days. He’s averaging 11.5 points and 7.2 rebounds, and leads the team in blocks with 39.
Regardless, the freshman guard matchup of Alabama’s Collin Sexton and LSU’s Tremont Waters took center stage.
Sexton fouled out with 23.7 seconds remaining with 15 points (4 of 16 from the field) and 7 rebounds, but also 9 turnovers.
Waters led the Tigers with 19 points and 5 assists.
A key moment may have been with 1:10 remaining when LSU coach Will Wade, who was upset about a call at the other end of the floor on the previous possession, was called for a technical foul. After Waters drained a long 3 to make it 66-61 with 1:10 remaining, he immediately got in an official’s ear and may have bumped him in front of the LSU bench.
“I haven’t seen LSU fans this ticked off since Saban left the Dolphins” -Chris Stewart
— Will Elliott (@Will_Elliott22) January 14, 2018
Before LSU started fouling with 3:47 to go, Alabama had attempted only 6 free throws in the game, making them all, while the Tigers were 15 for 19 at that point. The Tide finished 18 for 18.
Alabama (11-6, 3-2 SEC) led by 2 at halftime, 32-30 and pulled ahead by 15 early in the second half, a lead that it would never relinquish.
“I’m really excited about our effort on both ends of the floor,” Alabama head coach Avery Johnson said in a release. “We got off to a good start except for the first play when they got an offensive rebound. We did a terrific job rebounding the basketball and our guys were locked in to the scouting report. We were pretty much in control of the game.
“They were able to get a couple of steals there at the end and we didn’t take great care of the ball, but it’s a good learning lesson for us. It’s great to be able to learn in situations like this. I’m proud of our guys, but the consistent theme has been a focus on discipline in practice and better leadership from the team for better results.”
LSU (11-5, 2-2) was coming off an impressive 21-point win at Arkansas, and had won eight of its last 10 games.
Alabama hosts No. 22 Auburn, the only unbeaten team in SEC play (16-1, 4-0), on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET, SEC Network).