After LSU was able to stick around through the first 25 minutes of the game, Donta Hall completely took over for the Tide on their way to tonight’s 80-65 victory over LSU. Already receiving votes in both polls, the Alabama Crimson Tide improves to a 17-9 (8-5) record, while the LSU Tigers drop to 14-11 (5-8) after dropping seven of their last ten games.
The entire game was an endless series of playing catch-up for the Tigers. Any time something would finally go right and they’d score five or six points unanswered, the Tide would immediately follow with even more points of their own.
Even after clawing the lead down to 45-44 in the first five minutes of the second half, Alabama squandered any momentum with an 8-0 run, and it was pretty academic from there, as Donta Hall caught fire to put the game away.
The junior Hall turned in a 20 point performance on ten shots from the field, and fell only two rebounds short of a double-double. Even when he wasn’t on fire, Bama had great shooting elsewhere at their disposal. Dazon Ingram and John Petty combined to shoot 5-of-6 from beyond the arc, good for 18 points. Collin Sexton had another expected great performance as well, he finished with 15 points and led Alabama with 6 assists.
Daryl Edwards notched his eleventh start of the season for LSU, and he confirmed Wade’s decision in a big way, leading his squad with 21 points and shooting a perfect 3-of-3 from the three point line. Duop Reath and Tremont Waters, easily LSU’s most reliable offensive weapons, only combined for 10 points after shooting 4-of-19 from the field. You can’t have two players of their caliber turn in that bad of a performance on the road and expect a win.
The Tigers will have a three day break to move on from tonight, as they await the Missouri Tigers in the PMAC Saturday afternoon. That game will tip off at 1pm, and should end with just enough time to walk over to Alex Box to catch the 4pm first pitch.