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Tigers fall to Alabama 74-66 in Baton Rouge

NCAA Basketball: Alabama at Louisiana State Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

In a game that started and ended defensively, the LSU Tigers (11-5, 2-2) were defeated by Alabama (11-6, 3-2), with a final score of 74-66.

Freshman point guard Tremont Waters helped open the first half for the Tigers with a two pointer. Senior Aaron Epps led the team with eight points, and team-high four rebounds. Tremont Waters came up with five assists. LSU shot 36 percent, while Alabama shot 40 percent.

Alabama opened the second half with a 40-36 lead. The Crimson Tide made a total of four field goals, while LSU only came up with two to start off. Collin Sexton came alive for Alabama in the second half, scoring nine points in a matter of just seven minutes.

Waters finished with 19 points and 5 assists, while Sexton managed 15 points and 7 assists. The Tigers had trouble getting things going on offense until the bottom of the half, but ultimately were unable to rally to win.

“I felt like in the first half Coach (Will) Wade said at halftime we were playing sluggish. Nobody had any energy and the game was just going in their favor. That is why we were down two. Coming out we were supposed to pick it up, but we just didn’t,” Waters said.

LSU will face the Georgia Bulldogs (11-5, 2-3) in the PMAC Tuesday night.