Rarely has one missed dunk been a 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. Stunningly, most of it was done without star point guard Collin Sexton, who went to the bench for most of that stretch after picking up his fourth foul.
That arguably wasn’t even the worst stretch for the LSU offense. The Tigers went 7 minutes, 24 seconds 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. Hall also finished with 8 rebounds.
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 (14-11 overall, 5-8 SEC) will have a challenge on their hands against Tigers of another stripe. Red-hot Missouri (18-5, 8-5), winner of five straight, pays a visit to Baton Rouge on Saturday afternoon. Mizzou is the hottest team in the SEC at the moment.
The game tips off at 1 p.m. CT at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.